Plot – 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 – The Shape of Water.
Director – Guillermo del Toro
Released – 2017
The Shape of Water had an incredible amount going to it. There’s the beautiful cinematography, a lovely, sweeping score and a stunning central performance from Sally Hawkins – but despite all this, the movie finds itself over-relying on sentiment, filled with clichés.
Leaving it as nothing more than a poorly made combination of Amélie, ET and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. But worst of all were the multiple cartoonish supporting characters that swamped the production, such as the constantly yammering black best friend (Spencer), the gay neighbour (Jenkins) or Michael Shannon’s 2D villain. Each annoys you in its own right.
Another mis-step to stay tuned for is the horrendous black-and-white dance number between Hawkins and the creature, a sequence that tried to be cute, but it end’s up jaw-droppingly stupid, with the film never able to recover for me, instead lumbering on to its incredibly predictable climax that ends with numbing melodramatics and an undeserving level of sentiment.
IF you liked – Crimson Peak, Arrival, Big Fish