April 14 th 2018

Fairytale | Lovestory | Drama
123 Minutes
Elisa Esposito Sally Hawkins
Amphibious creature Doug Jones
Zelda Fuller Octavia Spencer
Giles Richard Jenkins
Richard Strickland Michael Shannon
Dr Robert Hofstettler Michael Stuhlbarg
Fleming David Hewlett
General Hoyt Nick Searcy
Director Guillermo del Toro
Writer Guillermo del Toro | Vanessa Taylor

Content: 1962 during cold war in a government facility Elisa and her colleague Zelda care for the cleaning. One day a strange creature is delivered in a water tub. The amphibian was captured in south america and is going to be examined for military purposes. While head of the institution Mr Strickland isn't very kind to the sentient being Elisa befriends it. She can't talk but by using sign language she finds out that the creature is intelligent and emphatic. After the ruthless interrogation by Strickland is over unsuccessfully, Elisa fears that her amphibious friend will be hurt and tries to set him free.

Opinion: Shape of water was conceived by director del Toro in an elaborate and detailed fashion. Attention is focused on the relationship between Elisa and the creature, who are more similar than you would think. Both persons don't speak and like water after all. The fairytale got a lot of deserved prizes for scene design, music and directing. The timing is very felicitous. But there are some minor flaws too: The typical unnecessary and absurd display of violence, some logic faults, inacurate use of technologic inventions for the time and slow pace.


Conclusion: Everyone who likes watching movies observantly will be fond of political, poetic, pictorial, cinematic and musically citations. Colours and shapes are chosen with care. Recommendable for the curious film fans of extraordinary aesthetics who can cope with a relatively thin story.

Romantic and detailed fairytale

5 of 6 possible "Gomtuus"


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