The Shape Of Water was directed by Guillermo Del Toro and was definitely one of the weirder films of the year, it was also one of the best and one of my personal favorites of 2017. I will say this before we get started if you hate weird then do not go see this film because chances are if you hate weird you will hate this. But if you love a film with a good (and also important) story to tell then you will absolutely love this.
The Shape Of Water follows Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) a janitor for a secret research facility in 1962 Cold War America as she forms a unique friendship with a strange sea creature the facility recently acquired and is holding in captivity. I won’t say too much more than that due to the fact that this is one of those movies where I think it’s best to go in blind.
Performance wise this movie has it all. From Sally Hawkins captivating and endearing performance, to her awkwardly endearing father figure/neighbor brilliantly portrayed by Richard Jenkins, to her sassy comedic relief co-worker expertly played by Octavia Spencer, to a bone chilling performance from Michael Shannon as the films main antagonist, all the roles in this movie are perfectly cast and well acted.
The only con I can really think of is that a lot of people may not like it because of how wonderfully weird and different it is. A lot of people in the theater I was in seemed conflicted after the lights came on mainly due to how wildly different it was. Which is actually one of the strongest elements this movie has going for it. In an industry over populated with genres that are just the same movie with different packaging over and over and over again, it is refreshing that Del Toro had the gut to explore some truly difficult subject matter in a such a unique way.
Everything in The Shape Of Water just seems to work, The cinematography, the set design, the performances, and an absolutely mesmerizing score from Alexandre Desplat. The movie also tells a very important message of acceptance that should be heeded and that feels all the more important given the current events going on.The Movie just work so incredibly well making for one of the best movie going experiences I’ve had in 2017.
I rate The Shape Of Water an A+ or 9.9 (Was tempted to give an S or Masterpiece but the ending was a tad bit predictable so A+ 9.9 it is).
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