Genre Grandeur – The Shape of Water (2017) – Encore Review 3 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Fantasy Movies of the 21st Century, here’s a review of The Shape of Water (2017) by me.

Thanks again to Alan Sanders of the Wilder Ride for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Family Vacation Films

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“I can either save him, or let him die.” – Giles

Number of Times Seen – 4 (9 Jan 2018, 25 Feb 2018, 28 Jul 2021 and 30 Jul 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A mute janitor in a government facility during the Cold War begins to fall in love with a creature being tested on.

My Take on it – This is such a great movie largely due to the way that director Guillermo del Toro weaves this tale.

The way that the story focuses on numerous characters is done really well and the fact that most of them are considered “minorities” adds to the effect of the way that they all wish to be heroic in their actions.

The cast is superb with Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Doug Jones (once again as Del Toro’s creature) all giving great performances that help make the story feel even more realistic.

The story shows a great contrast of how people acted during the Cold War but with a modern feel to the whole thing.

Del Toro is superb at creating semi-historic stories that rely on supernatural and fantastical elements and still come across as feeling so genuine and realistic in all that transpires.

Love the way that this film takes numerous characters with different issues and finds ways for them to come together for a common cause even when they each have their own agendas along the way but still wish to fight for the common good along the way.

The film’s choice to find a bright light during a dark time is done quite well and that helps make things so much more moving and powerful along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Michael Shannon was in a Chicago bar, Old Town Ale House, the moment the film won Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards. The bar’s owner waited until after the ceremony was over to post a photo to Twitter of Shannon nonchalantly sitting at the bar alone with a pint of beer while watching the broadcast on the overhead TV set. (From IMDB)

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


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