Set in the year 1950, a Research facility brings in a new, top-secret amphibious creature which is now held prisoner and is soon… tortured. A lonely cleaner who works at the facility soon discovers this creature…
As far as plot is concerned there will be no major spoilers here. The trailer makes it obvious that our cleaner, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), and this mysterious creature begin a unique connection and bond. The Shape of Water is a love story with mystery and suspenseful moments (and a warning for some, strong gore and nudity too). The film’s characters are well introduced, developed perfectly and are enjoyable to watch and follow. For me, it didn’t take long to understand why this film’s key and supporting actors have been nominated for awards, in particular the performance given from Richard Jenkins.
The Shape Of Water is very creative from start to finish. The film never dragged, nor did I feel bored. Every scene oozed with cinema worthy moments. I also found the film very clever and creative when it comes to the use of colours (in particularly Green) & and the use of lighting to showcase suspenseful or devilish moments.
Guillermo del Toro, the director, once again delivers an outstanding result, and what I would call his best directional work ever. This film is full of fine details in the characters, the colours, the costume, the story and the Sound stage. All work together to produce a flawless result.
In the end, this is a beautiful and wonderful movie; a film that truly left me feeling content. Be aware there is need for a small warning to some as the film does contain strong gore and nudity, but for me, as the credits rolled at the film’s end, I found my eyes were teary. Not because anything was sad or depressing, but because I found the film to be such incredible work of art.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden