Every second is a joy to watch with its thrilling and unpredictable story, its visual prowess and its incredible habit of changing genres almost instantaneously
Guillermo Del Toro is the greatest visionary director of our time, and up until now, his films have gone almost unpraised considering how fantastic they actually are. The Shape Of Water takes Del Toro back to his roots with it being some of his more intricate, and romantic work. Using the roughness of Hellboy, the fantasy of Pan’s Labyrinth and the cinematic expansiveness of Pacific Rim, The Shape Of Water is Del Toro’s best, and most complete, piece of breath-taking filmmaking.
Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) works as a cleaner, mopping the floors of a great scientific laboratory in 1960’s Baltimore. When a brand new experiment is set up in the largest lab, Elisa’s inquisitive nature leads her to make a discovery she should perhaps have kept away from. Yet it is a discovery that changes her way of life forever.
The film is made particularly special by its ability to understand the love, and any love for that matter, that the characters hold for each other. Del Toro said himself that he cast Hawkins due to the way she looks at others and her understanding of facial features and their importance. By putting an emphasis on the believability of the story, however outlandish it may seem on paper, the film becomes infinitely more relatable and enjoyable.
Del Toro knows better than any other director how to make fantasy work, and work for a modern audience as he brings ideas, social concepts, and thematics to his films. The Shape Of Water clearly is his most refined, and the most encompassing film of his career and this is where the strong praise comes from. Every second is a joy to watch with its thrilling and unpredictable story, its visual prowess and its incredible habit of changing genres almost instantaneously.
An absolute marvel, The Shape Of Water is one of the best films released this year, in almost every sense of modern day filmmaking. A fantasy triumph, a comedy triumph and more importantly a joyous celebration of all thing weird, wonderful or just different. It’s an old cliche, but there is something for everyone inside this truly incredible film.