Is there a director capable of more beautiful and haunting imagery than Guillermo Del Toro? If nothign else, you can always count on some truly gorgeous production design and imaginitive creations.
To simply describe The Shape of Water as an unconventional love story between a mute woman and a mysterious aquatic creature would do the film a disservice. Yes, on the surface, that’s what it is, but there’s so much more depth to it. It’s a story of friendship and acceptance and loyalty. And yes, one told with stunning visuals.
Every frame is beautiful. I’m calling Best Production Design at the Oscars now. But also beautiful is the acting. Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon (in full villanous glory), Richard Jenkins, all at the top of their games.
I’m coming up short on things to say about this film because, to be completely honest, something came up a little short for me. I’m not quite sure what, though. If you like your films on the artsy side, this is absolutely something you’ll appreciate, but mainstream audiences might find it a little cold.
The Shape of Water – \m/ \m/ \m/