Review: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Duration: 123 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 16-FEB-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Overall Review:
Inspired by 1954’s The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Shape of Water is directed by World class film artis and Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and has joined the league of Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant. This is a grown-up film with violence, sex, and danger. It’s a perfect fairy tale in the lines of Beauty and The Beast & ET. It’s hard to come away from this film and not believe that, in his heart, writer/director del Toro is a romantic. Sally Hawkins has delivered a beautiful and utterly breathtaking performance. She’s luminous. She sells the movie, transforming an inter-species romance into something delicate and delightful without a line of dialogue. Romance between ‘AN ASSET’ and ‘HUMAN’ is beautifully captured. I’d say Del Toro might have made The Shape of Water, but Sally Hawkins owns it. Film is a perfectly constructed poem, falling somewhere between rage and ache and finding beauty. All the elements combined: Impressive Cast, Cinematography, Stunning Visuals, Music and Production Design makes The Shape of Water: A brilliantly entertaining and truly magical story.

PDF Verdict:
Visionary filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, ventures into life affirming territory in The Shape Of Water. making it a delightful fairy tale & a special movie with relevant themes and a strong emotional payoff. Favorite Quote: “When he looks at me, he doesn’t know I am incomplete,”, “He sees me as I am.”

Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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