Movie Review | The Shape of Water

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It’s the old story: Girl meets monster, girl loves monster. Complications ensue.

 

Review 2017 by Flytrap

                                 The Shape of Water

Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor,

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring:  Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones
Complete Cast and crew are here
Rated R
Running time: 123 Mins

When a custodian discovers a secret base is keeping a Creature captive, she plots to free him.

First of all, there are some weird things happening here, but I say this in a nice way. The cinematography is very green throughout most of it, but sharp and detailed. The sets have a bit of a throwback feel, but this is set in the Sixties and is trying to reflect it. Great acting and direction (and boobs!) help the rather cliched plot work.

However, I never really felt any empathy with the Creature, who is just a McGuffin for everyone else to react around. There were scenes that dragged enough to make me squirm; not may, but enough to notice.

Overall, I would recommend this one, but please note: There is some graphic sex and nudity that I should have enjoyed, except that a dad brought his 10-year old daughter in and set her down next to me. Leave the kids at home. There are no post credit scenes.

 

Flytrap rating: 7.5 /10

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