At the Movies- The Shape of Water

2018 February 2018 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the February 2018 Edition

Starring:Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer

Director:Guillermo del Toro

“Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Balti more. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lie in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.”

I went to this movie with some apprehension. Having seen the promos, it gave me hope that it wasn’t some creepy horror movie, plus, I really like Guillermo del Toro as a director. The movie is up for various awards and has since won the best picture category at the Golden Globes. This is a restricted adult fairytale due to some sexual content. Other than that, it is a wonderful, touching production that brings together a few misfit characters and an unusual creature with a heart. It comes complete with good versus evil thematics that create an emotional bond with th audience. I truly bought into the story and its fateful conclusion complete with just a touch of mystery. Judging by the audience reactions, I wasn’t the only one. Most people will really enjoy this film if they are willing to take a step outside reality.

IMDB rated this movie currently at: 8/10 based on 30,000 viewers

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