Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Film Review: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
23 January 2018
123 mins
R
Guillermo del Toro (Director)
Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon
Fantasy/Adventure

At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (IMDB Synopsis)

I had been eagerly anticipating Guillermo del Toro's new movie, and The Shape of Water didn't disappoint. It is a beautiful picture both visually and in terms of its story. It is fantastical, but in a more grounded way than Pan's Labyrinth, or even Crimson Peak, so it had a strong sense of reality amidst the fairytale theme. Stunning performances from the lead cast really captured the emotion of the piece. Once or twice I felt that the pace slackened a little, but that is a very minor complaint about a work that will certainly stand up to repeat viewings. A solid 4.5 stars from me.

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