Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | 2017
Ever since I’ve heard about this movie many months ago, it’s been on my radar for one that I’ve want to see. Yes, the synopsis sounded really strange (and it is), but it’s a fantastical romance that you can’t just NOT see because it sounds really weird. The Shape of Water tells us the story of a mute woman who works as a maid in a research facility. One day, she forms a relationship with an aquatic creature that is being held and studied at the facility. Needless to say, there is some romance in there and the whole thing turns into somewhat of a thriller.
Sally Hawkins plays the lead, Elisa, alongside Octavia Spencer who plays her best friend at work Zelda. The two have a great relationship one screen and there are some comedic aspects to their delivery of lines that I found entertaining. The villain is played by Michael Shannon, Strickland, who is the lead on the research team for the creature. I thought Shannon did a great job in his role, truly disgusting and pissing me off the entire time. Belittling the “help” and trying to make himself look good.
Richard Jenkins is Giles, Elisa’s neighbor and other best friend. He brought a lot of the comedic aspects to screen and was a great addition to the cast and story.
I thought the story in general was great, and the effects used (particularly in the beginning and with all the water) were artistic to watch on the big screen. There were a few parts in the film that I didn’t like - without trying to give anything away - the part where she starts to sing for the creature. I think the film could have done without that part. And of course, it was weird with the whole falling in love thing, but not as much as I would have expected.
The music in The Shape of Water was splendid. It had an artistic and theatrical (well duh, Shannon) feel to it, and each moment fit perfectly with what was happening on screen. I’m going to go ahead and give this film a “Liked It” rating. I would definitely recommend it for when it’s released nationwide this weekend, and I can definitely see why there are Golden Globe nominations for this film. Perhaps we will see some Oscar nominations next month? (4/5).
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