Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Shape of Water: Monday, December 11 2017

The Shape of Water (2017) is a dark fantasy, drama film. Having seen Pan's Labyrinth (2006) directed by Guillermo del Toro (53), I had to see this film. It did not disappoint.  The direction is that of a master. The screenplay is written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Perhaps it is because it is written by a man and a women working in collaboration, the screenplay is balanced and excellent.

The cinematography by Dan Laustsen is beautiful, creating a wondrous, eerie world that is this world, yet somehow different. The music by Alexandre Desplat is haunting and lovely. Everything about this film is highly professional.

The acting is superb, and for this role as Elisa Esponsito, a mute janitor, Sally Hawkins (41) deserves to be nominated for Best Actress in the Academy Awards. She played Maudie in the film of that name (2016), which showed her acting talents.

Elisa and The Asset
Doug Jones (57) who plays The Asset, an Amphibious Man, is used to working under prosthetic makeup, having appeared as many monsters. He worked in the past with del Goro in Pan's Labyrinth. As The Asset, he is magnificent, and I could see why he is so attractive to shy Elisa. He is strange and beautiful, and loving towards her. They connect on a deep level. A true love story.

Octavia Spencer is wasted as Zelda Fuller, Elisa's friend and co-worker. She acts competently, but is capable of so much more. Michael Shannon is menacing as the cruel Colonel Richard Strickland, and Richard Jenkins as Giles, as Elisa's friend and neighbour, a closeted commercial artist, is also given too small a part for his talents. A good cast, who play their small parts well.

At the heart of this fantastical film is a fairy tale romance. With the miraculous ending, Elisa and The Asset live happily ever after. I loved it!

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