THE SHAPE OF WATER
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer
Plot: A mute woman falls in love with a creature being studied at the facility where she works
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
I'm not sure the general public wanted a 1950's throwback monster movie, but the Hollywood elite sure did. THE SHAPE OF WATER is getting all sorts of huge award nominations. In fact, it leads the Critics' Choice Awards with 14 nominations. The second place film only has 8. It has also received 7 Golden Globe nominations, and I'm sure there will be several Oscar nods as well.
Personally, I found this film to be rather slow and uninteresting. I can see how certain people are mesmerized by it, and why so many critics have it at the top of their Best of 2017 lists, but I don't think the average movie-goer is going to like it nearly as much as they do.
Sally Hawkins deserves every award she gets. Her performance in this film is a master class in acting. She is fascinating to watch, and the emotion she conveys without using words is nothing short of extraordinary.
Michael Shannon is an actor who, as far as I'm concerned, can just about do no wrong. However, in this movie his character is so one-dimensional that it got rather annoying watching him not learn anything or grow.
The thing I think that really misses with this film are the moments where the film goes completely off the rails. There are several moments where I was saying, "wait...what the heck is going on right now?". One minute I'm watching a 1950's monster flick, the next I'm watching a musical from the 1930's. I felt like I was suffering from whiplash.
This is a very difficult film to review without giving anything away. It is an odd, but weirdly compelling movie that you will need to see yourself in order to make up your mind as to whether you like it or not.