The Shape of Water (2017) – Encore Review 2

“Man is as silent as the grave. But if farts were flattery? Honey, he’d be Shakespeare.” – Zelda

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (9 Jan 2018, 25 Feb 2018 and 28 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A mute woman who works in a government facility befriends a creature being held there.

My Take on it – Great film that is able to show the way that way that a friendship can spark in the strangest places.

The film feels like a modern day fairy tale and it works really well due to the way that Guillermo Del Toro chose to present it.

The Cold War aspect of the film is quite prevalent and helps keep things feeling even more realistic and relevant throughout.

The characters are all very deep and complex and that helps keep things so enjoyable throughout.

The cast is led by Sally Hawkins who gives such an amazing performance as a mute character who never utters a single world throughout yet still manages to give a very powerful depiction despite this.

The supporting cast is also great with Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer all helping to keep the story diverse and engaging throughout.

This story works on various levels and that helps keep things so enjoyable and profound to watch as things unfold in unexpected ways.

I’m not disappointed that this film was able to win Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars even though it isn’t the best film of the year IMHO, yet it still does come close.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When The Shape of Water (2017) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, the screening was held in the Elgin Theatre. The interior scenes of the theater in the film were shot in the Elgin Theatre, so as the audience was watching the film, they were seeing the same theater on-screen that they were sitting in. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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