– Opening Statment
Last month was Tiff 2017, and most probably wondering why would release this review a month after seeing the film, let me explain, I was busy these last couple weeks and had no time to do a proper review, I also just took some time off for the holiday’s, happy late Thanksgiving to everyone and again I apologize for that, I wanted this review to be well thought-out and not rushed. Now with that being said let’s begin the review. For those who don’t know what Tiff stand’s for it’s the Toronto international film festival, This is a yearly film event that showcases the best of the best, this was my first time going to tiff and It was truly a fantastic experience. Especially because I went not only as a fan, but I went representing my own personal review page.
I was able to bring everyone who read’s this my thought’s on a film that was one of my most anticipated of 2017,
– Plot synopsis and Credits.
The Shape of water is Written by Vannessa Taylor, Guilmero Del-Toro and Directed by Guilmero Del-Toro. The film stars. Sally Hawkin’s, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy, Stewart Arnott, Nigel Bennett, Lauren Lee Smith, Martin Roach, Allegra Fulton, and John Kapelos. The story is a fairy tale that is set in 1962 during the cold war as a Mute woman who falls in love with a sea creature and tries’s to free him from a top-secret military base.
-Thought’s and analysis Now the shape of water is a very different film One that you may say is a bit peculiar the reason why I say that is because I don’t think film know’s what genre it wants to be? I say that because most film’s that have this issue allow the film to be subpar or not great because the film becomes a jumbled up mess of many mashed up ideas and it usually sour’s the viewers perspective and kills off any-care that the audience has for the narrative and overall story of the film but Surprisingly one of this film’s greatest strengths is the variety and nonlinear storytelling. The film doesn’t want to be a set genre it wants to explore multiple genres and connect them. The shape of water is a hilarious, dramatic, and heartwarming film that will
entice you, entrance you and impress you. It’s a film that has something for everyone.
Stunning visuals like only Del Toro can create,
an interesting story with well developed and likable characters Which isn’t a hard thing to do for Del-Toro as he prides himself on his imaginative, constantly evolving cinematic imagery. This film is a spectacular visual treat for the eyes, a film that taps into the romantic side of an otherwise untapped genre.
A fantasy-horror, and a romance? Well, many would call that
a questionable choice for a director of Del Toro’s caliber especially because it’s not really a genre he’s completely known for this was a risk but the results are some Del Toro’s best work since 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth. A film that dared to dream and was not only a visual cornucopia but had an amazing script and really made an impression for that year. So much so that the film has become a Modern day Classic of the early 2000’s. As well as being known as the film that made Del-Toro career as a director.
~Pros and Con’s.
Now it’s time for my pro’s and Con’s for the shape of water. Let’s start with the pro’s, My first pro for this film is the visual’s, simply put their spectacular some of the most unique and diverse that I have seen from Del-Toro in a while. My second Pro for this film is the acting. I have one name that speaks’s for this whole film and that is Sally Hawkin’s, She is fantastic and plays her role perfectly.
I see a potential Oscar nomination in her future. My final pro for this film is the writing. This film is not just visually pleasing it also tells a wonderful story about love, loss, Envy, hatred, Emotion, Love, and Betrayal.
Now for my Con’s for this film.
my two con’s for this film is the pacing and the music choices In this film. The pacing at two hour’s and 5 minutes,
can become very stagnant or lose some interest at the half-way point of this film but has a strong final act that makes’s up for any missteps or mistakes this film makes.
my second con is about music choices, for the most part, this film has a well-done score, and fantastic music although some of the later scenes feature some music that takes you out of the film and didn’t fit the scenes well.
What wins’s There are 3 pros. Vs Two Con’s.
– final Thought’s Overall The Shape of Water is a great film,
a welcome return to the big screen for Writer and director Guilmero Del Toro and gives us arguably one of Sally Hawkins best acting performances to date. This film is an enjoyable and fun experience but I will stress this film is not child-friendly,
but it’s a great film that deserves High praise, Recognition and potential award nomination’s and It’s worth checking out in theater’s this November.
8 out of 10 Popcorn’s
A great film.