The Shape of Water (2017)
An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.
This movie is magnificent!
not as good as all the hype
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Part allegory, part spiritual sequel to the Creature from the Black Lagoon, this lovely, beautiful and *perfect* film is a deeply engaged with the social and political issues that have befallen the US since Trump announced his candidacy. It's more than a romantic fantasia about outsiders finding love. It's indictment of the monstrous evil that is fear of the other and Strickland is truly Trump's man. It's striking how much anger is boiling under the surface of this film. And how that anger makes the love story all the more tender.I have seen this film over a dozen times. I saw it once a day for each day it was in the theater I the small town where I live. Each time I see a new detail, a new simmer in deep waters of its thematic import. Red is passion. Green is the future. There's the wave on the wall. It is all around. Detail. Thought. Emotion. This is Del Toro's masterpiece and one of the very few best picture winners that Oscars got exactly right. It is not for everyone. In a lot of ways it is a very weird film, a cross between French art house cinema, a Sirk melodrama and the universal sci-fi films of the 50's. But for me it touched the very core of my being.Giles is the best gay character in Hollywood cinema.
The opening music and narrative tell you what this film is about. If you arrived late or were not paying attention don't bother with the rest of the film. You may also need to be above a certain age and most certainly be possessed of an attention span to appreciate this absolute gem. Many reviews, for some odd reason, wish to tell you the story rather than how the story is told. Performances are superb and the brilliant Doug Jones hits the spot again. It is littered with references, from the beginning with the red shoes and cinema offerings, great subtlety and colour. Did anyone else notice the way the heroine blinks at the "interrogation"? PAY ATTENTION!The director's usual mastery of using colour palette to descibe, enhance and explain proceedings (did you notice that in Pan's Labirinth I wonder?, or the film noir type shots in this?)Watch the colour as it is integral to the story.Were they really "goofs"? I think not. The dialogue moves the action around a bit from the supposed dates implied.A beautiful tale beautifully told with imagination and great skill with glorious cinematography which transcends the simple act of the tale.
Thanks God for "fast forward" option, that's the only way to watch this film. So boring.
I never write review on IMDb, but because of this film I have to do it.First of all, I totally don't understand why this film won the Oscar. I have never seen a more cliché and overrated movie in my life. Don't waist time and watch Three Billboards Outside Ebbing.