The Shape Of Water


(out of 5)

is brilliant as a mute woman who works as cleaning staff at a research facility in 1950s Baltimore, her life occupied by her friendship with co-worker (stealing scenes with her usual charisma) and next door neighbour , but not exactly fulfilled by the kind of passionate connection that would really make her feel complete.  When a strange package is delivered to her workplace accompanied by a very angry , she discovers that it contains a creature from a South American blue lagoon who she decides is as much a misunderstood outsider as she is.  Beginning with giving him boiled eggs and resulting in her developing a passionate friendship for this strange creature, Hawkins must step in and save her friend when he is threatened by gruesome experiments planned by the American scientists; she doesn’t even know that there are also Russian spies hidden in plain sight waiting to use him for their own devices as well.  Shot to look like the paranoid Cold War science fiction adventures that thrilled children of the 1950s, this dazzling film represents Guillermo del Toro at the top of his game, combining elements of fantasy, thriller and romance with incredible skill, the screenplay perfectly smoothed out to provide a satisfying resolution to all the narrative strands it introduces.  A movie that combines a creature-feature star, the joys of bathtub masturbation, the gory sight of severed fingers and a sentimental love of old musicals sounds like a mess, but don’t be surprised if the story of interspecial love also brings a tear to your eye.  Shannon provides delicious intensity in the kind of role he is born to play, and thanks to the rock solid direction his heavy presence not derail the gentleness of the narrative at the film’s core, but instead provides worthy stakes that make the love story that much more urgent.

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/USA, 2017

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Story by Guillermo del Toro, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro,

Cinematography by

Produced by , Guillermo del Toro

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Golden Globe Awards
Best Director (Guillermo del Toro)
Best Original Score

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Sally Hawkins)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Richard Jenkins)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Octavia Spencer)
Best Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Sally Hawkins)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard Jenkins)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)

Best Film
Best Director (Guillermo del Toro)
Best Original Score

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)
Best Cinematography
Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) (tie)

Best Music
Best Production Design

Toronto Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)

Venice Film Festival Award
Golden Lion

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)
Best Director (Guillermo del Toro)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Art Direction/Production Design
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)

Best Supporting Actor (Michael Stuhlbarg)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Leading Actress (Sally Hawkins)
Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer)
Best Director (Guillermo del Toro)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Original Music
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Special Visual Effects

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film (Guillermo del Toro)


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