"The Shape of Water" Movie Review
What can a mute woman, a sea creature, and a host of escape accomplices teach us about our humanity? Despite the fact that two of the three listed don't speak at all in The Shape of Water, it's remarkable how much they all have to say.
The Shape of Water centers around the mute woman, Eliza, and her daring attempt to free a mysterious amphibian man after the two make a connection and eventually realize they have fallen in love. It's a premise I find quite unique, but beneath the plot points are expertly crafted themes of discrimination, social inequality, and how much we have in common with things that may seem different than us.
The film is thoroughly entertaining. There's a whimsical tone among the drama and a lot to laugh at along the way. It also features excellent performances from Michael Stuhlbarg, who is impressive in his Call Me By Your Name role as well, Michael Shannon as a despicably bigoted antagonist, and Sally Hawkins playing Eliza.
And regarding the creature, many characters acknowledge that he is beautiful, brought to life by fantastic visual effects. By the end, it's clear that the film itself is equally breathtaking.
Acting and Casting - 2 | Visual Effects and Editing - 2 | Story and Message - 2 | Entertainment Value - 2 | Music Score and Soundtrack - 2 | Reviewer's Preference - 2