Movie Review – ‘The Shape of Water’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

So yeah! I’ve seen ‘The Shape of Water’ at the cinema! This is a fairy tale fantasy drama film that’s been rated so highly by critics. It’s nominated for Academy Awards and BAFTAs! My Dad suggested going to see the film, especially since it has Glenn Miller‘s music when we watched the movie trailer.

What are my overall thoughts on this movie? I thought it was really good. It’s beautifully crafted and well-made by director Guillermo del Toro, with a clear storyline; strong characters and thought-provoking drama. I can see why the film has been rated so highly and why people are raving about it.

At the same time though, this film did feature some adult content that I didn’t think was necessary. I know this was a 15-rated film, but there were moments in the film that shocked me such as the nudity and sex scenes as well as the violence featured. This could easily have been a 12-rated movie.

Aside from that, there were things about this movie I liked. I enjoyed Sally Hawkins’ performance in the movie, who I’d seen before in the 2007 TV film ‘Persuasion’ as well as ‘Paddington’ and ‘Paddington 2’. I was surprised she didn’t say much during the film, since her character is a mute. 😀

So what’s the story about? Well, Sally Hawkins plays Elisa Esposito, who lives in Baltimore during the Cold War in 1962. She works as a janitor at a secret government laboratory. Whilst working there, Elisa comes across this humanoid amphibian that she befriends and falls in love with during the film.

The film has so many intriguing concepts going on throughout. I was fascinated by how Sally Hawkins’ character of Elisa could only communicate through sign language since she’s a mute. It helps her to form a connection with the creature that sometimes gets mistreated at the laboratory.

As well as Sally Hawkins, there’s also Michael Shannon as Colonel Richard Strickland. I’ve seen Michael Shannon before, since he played General Zod in ‘Man of Steel’. His performance was brilliant! He plays this villainous character that is multi-layered in his views mistreating the creature.

There’s Richard Jenkins as Giles, Elisa’s next-door neighbour who is a struggling advertisement illustrator. There’s also Octavia Spencer as Zelda Delilah Fuller, who is Elisa’s co-worker janitor at the laboratory. There’s also Michael Stuhlbarg as Dr. Robert Hoffstetler, who works as this secret agent.

And there’s Doug Jones as the Amphibian Man that Elisa befriends and falls in love with. I just realised Doug Jones played the Silver Surfer in ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’. 😀 The interaction between Sally Hawkins’ character and Doug Jones’ Amphibian Man was mesmerising to watch. They don’t use many words in their intimate scenes together since it’s mostly sign language.

Another highlight for me with this movie is the song ‘I Know Why’ performed by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. This was played on a gramophone record and it was so nice to hear a song I love hearing since I watched ‘Sun Valley Serenade’. There were other musical nostalgic moments during this film.

So whilst ‘The Shape of Water’ wasn’t exactly the straight-forward drama film I was expecting, I’m glad that I saw it at the cinema. It’s the only time I’ll get to see this movie, but I’m glad I saw it on the big screen. I’m also glad that this ended on a happy ending and in a way audiences will never expect.

By the way, this movie has Elisa give eggs to the Amphibian Man to eat. I’ve got to say, the movie did something right. It made me want to have boiled eggs in my ‘Batman’ egg cups. Well done, movie! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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