Movie Review: ‘The Shape of Water’

February 6, 2018 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

The Shape of Water is indeed a bit of a sci-fi love story, but it’s a movie that has just the right mix of characters, story and some bits of action to keep an audience entertained. That said, it’s not a film for kids. This one fully earns its R rating, and it’s not because of violence.

Having saw the trailer, this was a movie that interested me. Director Guillermo del Toro has done some odd movies, from big action flicks like Pacific Rim, to franchise films like Hellboy, and fantastical movies like Pan’s Labyrinth. I myself an a sucker for a story with a fantasy element, and The Shape of Water delivers on that note. It’s a story about a mute janitor named Elisa Esposito who works at a government facility. One day, a government agent named Richard Strickland arrives with a special guest – a captive – that is more or less the creature from the black lagoon. Elisa bonds with the creature, and eventually the day comes when they decide to kill it, which in turn leads to her planning a way to rescue the creature. Toss in some Russian spies into the 1960’s period piece, and great performances from Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, and you have a entertaining film.

The look and sets for this film are outstanding. They do a great job of making the world feel engrossing and snaring you away to a different time. The effects for the creature are top notch, and there’s some nice turns to the story. Plus the characters just play off each other so well. Shannon’s Strickland character makes a great villain, and Hawkin’s Esposito is in turn a great hero. My only complaint with the film is the amount of nudity. There’s quite a bit of it at several points in the movie and it never feels necessary. We’re also talking full nudity, no brief shots, either. I’m not sure why del Toro felt compelled to include it, but I do think it takes away from the story as the shock factor doesn’t add anything to it. It’s just kind of there. Blunt and in your face.

That gripe aside, The Shape of Water was still a good film and worth seeing. I don’t think it’s movie of the year material, but it’s enjoyable. I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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