The Shape Of Water is a Fantasy/Drama from #2017
about a mute woman who works as a Janitor at a top secret research facility in the 1960s during the cold war, she forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held captive by the US Government so the Russians cant get to it.
I was very excited to see this movie, duh, it won Best Picture for god sake. But in all honesty this should go down in the a category of winners like Crash, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love and Chicago as movies who shockingly won over better movies (Three Billboards, Dunkirk, Call Me By Your Name and even Lady Bird). Also similar to Forrest Gump i dont see what is so special about this movie as a whole i mean it does have its moments.
The writing is this movies biggest problem, the premise is silly and the story well not bad, gets very boring and is down right strange and cringe worthy at times, there also isnt much here that pulls you in. The dialogue is not good, period, it feels like its trying really hard to be smart and witty but its not. The story also doesnt flow well, it starts somewhere but quickly changes directions and then does it again then parks for an hour pulls a U-Turn and ends. Though i did enjoy the final 10 minutes.
The movie excels in the directing, Del Toro does a fantastic job expressing the emotion of this movie through its beautiful colourful visuals because the actual story fails to do so.
The acting is simply fantastic from Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Shannon. Im being very critical of this film because it won Best Picture and i dont feel it deserved it at all.
In the end i did like this movie, its good, but not great, i dont see what all the hype is about and i didnt find this to be a beautiful love story at all. This felt like a very beautiful looking well acted version of Beauty And The Beast/Splash/The Creature From The Black Lagoon mixed with Fish Porn. Lots of unnecessary Nudity and Sexual moments that feel out of place this movie definitely wont be for everyone. This entire rating has been solely based on its direction, cinematography and acting.