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The Shape of Water
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.
|Studio :||Fox Searchlight Pictures, Disney Double Dare You (DDY), TSG Entertainment,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Assistant Art Director,|
|Cast :||Sally Hawkins Doug Jones Michael Shannon Richard Jenkins Octavia Spencer|
|Genre :||Adventure Fantasy Drama Romance|
Funny, strange, confrontational and subversive, this is one of the most interesting experiences you'll have at the cinema this year.
Easily the biggest piece of Right wing non sense propaganda I ever saw.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
Because this is as serious as a comic book movie.And not the Nolan ones!This movie "works" in its themes (with some amazing visual storytelling, in particular one related to the fake happiness of the times and forced values on society and family, and the part that the media had in exploting those concepts etc) and the scenes are well filmed. The fish is good I guess. And the pace its excellent.Now. MY GOD! This movie is stupid ON PURPOSE. Because its a fantasy they get to create a world were everything is a charicature, and if this wins an Oscar, then exactly why not a comic book movie like Logan? Oscars suck (I knew it, but this movie just confirmed it).There isn't a more subtle way to introduce sexual diversity than R rated Disney fantasy? The really great thing beyond cinematography and all those technical parts of filmmaking? Americans authorities are as bad as Russians authorities on this film.That's ironic, because the rest of the characters (except our hero and Russian agent pro science) are as black and white as... again... a Disney movie (and not the better ones).So yeah.
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.
It's a very long boring movie, had a hard time staying awake to watch it.
A mute cleaner in a secret US government Cold War bunker falls in love with a captured sea creature and works with her outcast friends to help him escape.There's only one to describe The Shape of Water - it's part love story, part fantasy tale, part spy drama and part heist movie. It's also an artsy film with plenty of little details for those who like to look for subtext ... The idea for the film came when director Guillermo del Toro was asked to write a film based on the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but opted for a story where the creature and the woman he kidnaps fall in love. The studio refused the idea and so it lay dormant, until now - bet they wish they went with it now!At the start, you hate Michael Shannon's Strickland because you're not given a choice; he's sexist, racist and doesn't wash his hands after using the bathroom. By the end, you still hate him because he hasn't changed. And that might be the film's biggest failing, the 'villain' is given nothing to do besides be the guy who interrogates the creature and berates the main characters as he investigates its disappearance. Shannon is a great (but still grossly underrated) actor so it's a shame that he wasn't given more reign to develop a more interesting character.In short, it's a simple tale told complexly - some will find this an annoying trope of a director who looks for the unusual in all his work, while others will appreciate the multiple levels of subtext in every frame and every line of dialogue.Best Quote: "He doesn't know what I lack, or how I am incomplete. He's happy to see me, every time, every day. Now, I can save him ... or let him die."