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The Shape of Water (2017)

Director:
Guillermo del Toro
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Fantasy/Science Fiction
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Shape of Water
RUNNING TIME
123 minutes
Producer:
J. Miles Dale
Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriters:
Guillermo del Toro
Vanessa Taylor


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Elisa Esposito Sally Hawkins
Colonel Richard Strickland Michael Shannon
Giles Richard Jenkins
Amphibian Man Doug Jones
Dr. Robert Hoffstetler Michael Stuhlbarg
Zelda Delilah Fuller Octavia Spencer
General Frank Hoyt Nick Searcy
Fleming Devid Hewlett
Elaine Strickland Lauren Lee Smith

 

Review

Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) invites us into another of his atmospheric worlds of 20th century nostalgia and ominous mysteries in this romantic fable entitled The Shape of Water. We're effectively transported back to a Cold War-era world in which women are cleaners, homosexuals are shunned and secretive government agencies are conducting clandestine science projects. As representatives for these three groups respectively, the characters of Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon are entangled in a predictable but engaging plot centered around a humanoid-amphibian creature with abilities that del Toro appropriates from throughout film history. Compelling characters and glimpses of real creativity enhance a film which otherwise tends to becomes a little too naive and amiable. It's a children's movie for adults who are grown enough to watch gory images, but who still prefer a fairy-tale. There are brilliant performances all around, particularly from Hawkins and Jenkins, with honourable mentions to Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. And of course to the ever-solid Michael Shannon, even if his character here becomes too one-dimensional.

Copyright 29.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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