The Shape of Water

After seeing the trailer for this I was looking forward to watching this and when I saw that Cineworld were going to show this as an Unlimited screening I tried to book this but for some reason the Cineworld App and website wouldn’t allow me to book anything and when I finally manage to access the bookings the Unimited Screen was sold out so I had to wait until my birthday to go and see this. Whilst a very good film it did feel a bit weird but because of this and it being different this is a sure thing for many awards.

Date watched: – 22nd February 2018

Where watched: – Cineworld Whiteley

Director: – Guillermo del Toro

Writer: – Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Genre:- Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: – Sally Hawkins (Elisa), Michael Shannon (Rickard Strickland), Richard Jenkins (Giles), Octavia Spencer (Zelda), Michael Stuhlbarg (Dr Hoffstetler), Doug Jones (Amphibian Man), David Hewlett (Fleming), Nick Searcy (General Hoyt), Stewart Arnott (Bernard) and Nigel Bennett (Mihalkov)

Awards: –  Academy Awards Nominations – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. BAFTAs – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Music, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Special Visual Effects. Plus many, many more. Awards won are Highlighted {edited 11th March}

Review :-

The film starts with Giles telling a story about a princess and the one she loved and about a monster threaten to tear them apart and we then see Elisa asleep on a sofa. Elisa is a mute women who lives alone but spends a lot of time with her neighbour and friend Giles, she works at the Occam Aerospace Research Centre as a janitor along with her friend Zelda.

During one of their shifts they see a vessel come into the facility containing a valuable asset and when Elisa goes near the container something bangs into the side of the container from inside, later Elisa and Zelda are called to one of the rooms where Colonel Richard Strickland emerges minus two fingers and they’re told to clean up the blood and Elisa finds the missing fingers as they do, Elisa then discovers the asset is a fish like humanoid creature and then starts to sneak in to visit it and they build up a relationship and she spends her lunch with him whilst teaching it sign language. Meanwhile the Colonel’s boss General Hoyt wants to dissect the creature to learn more about it as part of the race into space against the Russians, however one of the Doctors at the facility (Dr Hoffstetler) is actually a Russian spy and ends up helping Elisa in kidnapping the creature and Elisa then forms a relationship with the creature when they’re hiding it in Elisa apartment. After several days of rain, they plan to take the creature to the docks and release him back into the wild, however Strickland finds out and heads to the docks after killing Dr Hoffstetler. Strickland shots both Elisa and the creature before Giles smashes Strickland in the head with a plank of wood and the creature heals his own wounds before slashing Strickland’s throat before picking up Elisa and jumps into the ocean, whilst under the Ocean the creatures’ kisses Elisa and the wounds on her neck start to open like gills and she responds and is revived. Giles then says the two of them can now be together.

As mentioned previously this a weird film but one that gets you hooked and you get caught up in the story which is as I’ve mentioned before in my reviews is a good sign of a good film and because of the story I can see this winning many awards though this might not actually be the best film released this year but because it different it is one that sticks out. I would go and see it as it is a film that should be watched.

I give it an 8 out of 10 rating.




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