Thursday 1 February 2018

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "The Shape of Water"

I’ve been waiting for this film to come out for a bloody long time, I don’t mind telling you! Now, after years of waiting, it is finally here. Was it worth the wait?

You bet your sweet arse it was!

The Shape of Water is set during the Cold War era of the 1950’s, in a top secret underground government facility. A creature (from the black lagoon, I’d imagine) is being harboured there, when mute, and as sweet as she is silent, Elisa (portrayed wonderfully by Sally Hawkins) stumbles upon him and starts a unique bond.

Now, it’s not very often a film leaves me breathless, but by jove this film did just that. Everything worked together like a well-oiled machine in this film, from the wonderful characters, the score, the artful direction all the way to the sets. The characters are as believable as they are fantastical and the emotion that carries this vehicle leaves you dead in your tracks and wanting more.

At this point in the review I would normally find something to pick at, but in all honesty I'm really struggling to think of anything. Though this film carries a deeply warm message, its subplots (though minimal) carry just enough of their own weight to keep the audience invested in everyone on screen (particularly their individual arcs) and teaches us that even the loneliest and most different of us are never truly alone.

The acting is stellar in this piece as well, with a very strong cast including Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Shannon (that one what tried to do Superman over, remember?) and they all just gel together beautifully.

This film really is a work of art and poetry combined.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Rating: I can say that I have seen true beauty, and it is in The Shape Of Water10/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!

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