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Movie Blog Post: THE SHAPE OF WATER

Monday, December 18, 2017

Guillermo del Toro mixes genres in The Shape of Water

Tinsel & Tine's Look at

THE SHAPE OF WATER


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

I stated in my End of the Year Wrap Up Post, that only very special movies, or special to me, would get a full post, and all other wide release films would be reviewed on my #MiniMovieReview page.  It's not yet the new year and already writer/producer/director Guillermo del Toro's THE SHAPE OF WATER, with 7 Golden Globe Nominations, falls into the first category. "The Shape of Water" is a love story, espionage thriller and monster movie all rolled into one.  Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaning woman at a high-security government facility in early 1960s Baltimore, when an agent played by Michael Shannon brings in a mysterious creature (Doug Jones) part man, part fish captured in South America, the cleaning woman falls for the creature and wants to help it escape.

Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth" "Hellboy" "Crimson Peak" “Pacific Rim”) is one of those filmmakers considered an auteur. His films are incredibly stylized - with this one, the film conveys a vintage dingy quality, whether taking place in the cleaning woman's shabby chic art-deco apartment above an art-house movie theater or the mysterious lab where they hold, poke and prod "The Asset". The opening underwater scene of her apartment filled to the ceiling with greenish water and floating furniture, together with the ending underwater scene with the floating red shoe, are beautifully melancholy and visually stunning. Del Toro's last movie, "Crimson Peak" encompassed the color red, not just in visuals but in the script. "The Shape of Water" with the exception of the shoe, is punctuated with the color green throughout.
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Guillermo del Toro's Crimson peak review

Hawkins is able to convey everything the story needs without uttering a word. Yet her
muteness also allows Richard Jenkins as her gay neighbor and best friend and Octavia Spencer as her chatty co-worker to shine with entertaining monologues. Shannon may go in a bit too hard representing the type of white male who feels so un-empowered he therefore must dominate anything or anyone he deems inferior; however the scenes with his fingers are wonderfully gross. The film for the most part lived up to and exceeded my expectations, with the exception of the scenes involving the Russians, cold war, first man on the moon race stuff. This never quite jelled to the rest of the movie and needed a better execution.

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer each have 3 Golden Globe Nominations and 1 Win

Guillermo del Toro has said his 25 years of filmmaking have lead him to The Shape of Water and it's by far the favorite of his movies. It was made with a relatively small budget of 19.5M and it took him nearly 3 years prior to getting the movie made to perfect the look of the Fish/God, having been obsessed with an Amphibian Man since watching Creature of the Black Lagoon type films as a kid. He's never been interested in monsters as horror, but rather as parable figures used to tell political, humanist and artistic fables. The film is full of humanity and humor and a love note to the movies and musicals of the 30's and 40s'. del Toro also explains that the movie is called The Shape of Water because it speaks about love - "Love and Water are the two strongest forces in the Universe because they are malleable and flexible, they take no form and they break through everything".

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 4.5 outta 5

Shape of Water was my choice for Best Movie of 2017 - Be sure to check out my post on Best, Worst and In Between Movies of the past year!

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The Shape of Water's soundtrack is lovely and haunting particularly Renee Flemming's version of  "You'll Never Know":



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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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