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|
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!