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The Shape of Water can be weird, which is expected by Guillermo del Toro, but deep down there is an emotion that is very unique!!!
Rating: 4 Stars
What I Like:
-With Guillermo del Toro directing, you get a visually cool type of film, the setting of the 60s, the color contrast, the lighting which makes everything visually perfect, I always give credit to del Toro for his creativity
-The acting was great all around from Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, but most noteworthy, Sally Hawkins, though she plays a mute character, her emotions is captured perfectly, and you can understand her character as being developed even though she speaks in sign language, it was amazing to see
The So So:
-This is a love story, and some of the themes reminded me of other movies, two examples, the way the government tries to find The Asset reminded me a lot of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, seeing The Asset relating to the many people and healing them reminded me of that 80’s movie classic, but the relationship with Elisa, played by Sally Hawkins, really reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, the only difference is that their love relationship was more unique with Elisa going out of her way to develop that relationship and trying to save it from the government who are trying to dissect him, and Elisa was feeling lonely in regards to having a mate, and she finds with The Asset where they communicate through sign language
-Yes, with del Toro movies, you get some weird scenes, some that work, but others where I find not necessary
What I Didn’t Like:
-Since it reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, I saw the ending from a mile away, it is a fitting ending, but very, very similar to that film
This is director Guillermo del Toro at its finest when it comes to a well crafted film. The visuals are fun to watch. The story is a love story, and with all the weirdness, similarities, and predictableness, it all worked together to see a very uniquely developed story. I enjoyed it, and maybe you all will too!!!
Rating: 4 Stars