I saw ‘The Shape of Water’ last night at the London Film Festival; it’s good, I recommend it.
It’s a mid-20th Century fairytale, sort of real world, but sometimes something else. It’s beautiful to look at, very ‘Amelie’ or ‘Delicatessen’ in places, and it gets dark here and there. It also gets weird, so you have to go with it, or not.
But it’s a proper film, some great scenes, and like a lot of classic monster films, it’s got a message, but it doesn’t bash you over the head with it.
It’s Sally Hawkins’ film and she’s terrific. It’s the kind of role (I assume) actors really enjoy, and she uses every moment she has on screen, which is a lot.
Michael Shannon plays the Michael Shannon role very well of course, he’s given plenty of complexity and just runs with it.
Everyone else is really good too, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer get the most, supporting role, screen time but all the parts are well cast.
Doug Jones is very good of course, but this isn’t Lt. Saru, so he’s very much there as a plot device sometimes, but when he’s not, he really gives his role character.
One to watch again.