Actor: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon,
Director: Guillermo del Toro,
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: United States
Episodes: 16 eps
Review The Shape of Water – Watch The Shape of Water putlockers online free
Watch The Shape of Water online free – Set in the midst of the Cold War era in 1962, The Shape of Water is the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a maid of childhood violence, working at a research facility. US government. One day, the research facility accepted a creature found in South America, and since then Elisa has fallen in love with this monster. With her friends Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and close friend Giles (Richard Jenkins), she decided to rescue the monster from the control of the US government.
As Guillermo del Toro, the director of the film, said in an interview, The Shape of Water is a love story between defective people, defects, imperfections, and the beauty of the film is love. It is acceptance, understanding and no need to change.
For the del Toro bear, the monsters have been his inspiration since he was a boy, and that love has helped him to tell us wonderful stories from the Hellboy. Coming from the comic pages, the little girl lost in the fairytale world of Pan’s Labyrinth to the landslide between the Jaeger and Kaiju monsters in the Pacific Rim, and is now a fairy tale. Between a fish and a princess without a voice. Guillermo views strange creatures and voiceless humans as heroes. The world of the Mexican director is not only human, and if anyone thinks that God was born human and they have the right to trample on human beings, creatures that do not have the same shape as God. They themselves are monsters.
The love story between Elisa and the monster is a beautiful love story but sometimes makes the viewer extremely sad because not only are they experiencing the loss, suffering but also because of themselves are the lack of people. Elisa is a dumb woman who uses her body language to express what she wants to say, but she cannot tell the deepest things in her soul at times. The monster is solitary in a distant place caught as a laboratory and at the center of the tug of war between the United States and Russia. Only when Elisa met him would she find someone who could bypass her shortcomings, not knowing that she was not perfect and looked at her with her true self. Emotionally, the two characters show each other through gestures, eyes and even … this is a surprise that you have to watch the movie yourself to know it.
Actor Doug Jones is a man who has transformed into a monster who has previously been casted as many non-human characters such as Abe Sapien in Hellboy, the disgraced Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth … The monster was designed very impressively and Doug Jones has accomplished his role perfectly, making the viewer sympathetic with the suffering he suffered. But the sea monster cannot be happy without the princess dedicated to it. Some online commentators claim that Sally Hawkins is not pretty enough, but obviously this is not the story of Beauty and the Beast, and most of all the viewer knows that Sally has a very plain beauty, and looks Elisa’s main attraction is not in the outer shell but in the actions and emotions she expresses through her body language and body language. There is a scene from Sally in the movie that made the audience cry, and it proved that while Sally was not a dumb person in real life, she played an Elisa who could not express her feelings. In words, and pain when she can not express her feelings in words, the more hurt the viewer. Clearly director Guillermo del Toro chose that defect, that neither character could speak to convey something that even the words could not express.
The supporting cast in the movie is equally talented. Michael Shannon (General of Zod in Man of Steel) plays Richard Strickland, who took the monster himself and brought it to the research facility. Every love story has a roadblock, a monster that destroys everything and Richard in the movie is the monster. Michael was extremely great in the role, causing viewers to hate his character, a frenzy and contempt for others, obsessed with having to finish the job but at least humorous.
Richard Jenkins also excelled as Giles, an old-fashioned old man, denied by others, lonely but also very humorous and a trusted friend, a solid supporter of Elisa. And not to mention Octavia Spencer as Zelda, as an interpreter of Elisa and always look after, help her as a lovely sister.
But these factors are not enough to help The Shape of Water get 13 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. A love story between two people need to have a soothing music, to express emotions on their behalf, and obviously film music is very important factor and viewers cannot ask anything more. Half. As for the image of the film, both the film crew and the editing team have ensured that a virtual love story between humans and monsters brings the most true emotions to the viewer on the big screen. And when all this converge, another marvelous moment in film history is born, one that deserves the warmest applause for those who have left. Their heart out to make this movie.
Guillermo del Toro made the film to tell people that, even if you are not perfect, whether you are afraid of your shortcomings, you should also remember that in this life Nothing is perfect, we all have this one to lose another, the things we have to accept sacrifice to trade. And to finish the article, please quote a poem from the movie itself:
“Cannot recognize the shape of England,
I found the British around me.
Your presence filled my eyes with love,
It makes my heart happy,
Because you are everywhere.”
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Review The Shape of Water by Jon Ochiai – The Shape of Love
“The Shape of Water” is beautiful. Writer and Director Guillermo del Toro tells the story of the shape of love, that it can look any way you can imagine. His screenplay along with co-writer Vanessa Taylor tells the poignant tale of feeling alone in the world, and the possibility of love that we all deserve. Sally Hawkins is amazing as lonely mute Elisa discovers her greatness within, her voice. Hawkins is so moving in her visage and silence. “The Shape of Water” is the strange love story of Elisa and the noble amphibious-man Creature.
Discovering that the Creature’s life is threatened, Elisa implores her dear friend Giles, played by compassionate Richard Jenkins, to help save him. Through sign language Elisa says, “When he looks at me, he does not know how I am incomplete. He sees me as I am.” That breaks your heart. Elisa just wants to be loved. She just wishes to be gotten. We all do. “The Shape of Water” eloquently expresses humanity. Awesome Doug Jones literally inhabits the Creature through CGI effects and all. His languid movement and gentle expressions illuminate the noble Creature’s generous heart of the one, who loves Elisa back.
Dan Lausten’s cinematography mesmerizes. Elisa is the janitor along with her friend Zelda, played by strong Octavia Spencer, on the midnight shift at the secret Government facility in Washington D.C. set in the 1960’s during the height of the Cold War. The story set mostly at night has brilliant tones of gray and muted lighting in the midst of this touching love story fable. Del Toro gracefully balances the dichotomy of the narratives. Lausten and del Toro create the astounding images of Jones’s shimmering regal blue Creature, nearly human enough for us to cheer on.
Amazingly del Toro’s world of “The Shape of Water” is mostly light or dark, little gray. The light is Elisa and Giles. Narrator Giles opens the tale of “the princess without voice”. Jenkins’s Giles is the old unemployed commercial artist, who suffers over his sexual identity.
Brilliant Michael Shannon as Government Agent Strickland is the dark. Strickland captured the legendary Creature from the Amazon bringing him back to DC to uncover his secrets. He mercilessly tortures the Creature. In the meantime the Russians are also interested in the mysterious “asset” and pursue him as well. Strickland represents the one downside of del Toro’s narrative. As embodied by Shannon, Strickland is clever, cruel, vicious and insufferably pious. He is also bigoted. He has no nuance. Greater villains are much grayer. Though gray comes in the form of wise Michael Stuhlberg as Dr. Hoffstetler, the dedicated scientist who seems stand for the Creature.
We first see Hawkins’s Elisa awake to begin her janitor night shift. She sets the timer to boil her eggs while she routinely pleasures herself in the bath. Elisa bares telltale scars on her neck. She packs two bagged lunches, one for her apartment neighbor friend Giles (Jenkins). She smiles and takes her bus to work.
Hawkins is understated power in how she expresses Elisa’s profound loneliness and hopefulness without saying. Much of the beauty of “The Shape of Water” is in the unsaid. Being with the Creature though unlikely as it seems, we get that it is Elisa’s “perchance to dream”. Hawkins harnesses Elisa’s authentic desperation, and her great heart touches us with the lighter side of our humanity.
“The Shape of Water” is the fantastical love story fable. The great fables allow us to enter that world of wonder. “The Shape of Water” is the possibility of love no matter what it looks like. That is the world worth visiting, and perhaps living in as well.
Review The Shape of Water by Thomas Drufke – Life is But the Shipwreck of Our Plans
Whether it be Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beauty and the Beast, Edward Scissorhands, or even Her from a few years ago, movies about forbidden love are a common theme in romantic films. And if done right, they could be extremely effective. The Shape of Water stands as a fresh take on that tale, and yes it works really well as a romance between a government controlled creature and a mute custodian.
Driven by emotional performances, The Shape of Water feels simple in premise considering we have seen similar stories (mentioned above) almost every year. But it all comes down to execution. Director Guillermo del Toro frames this story as a good guy-bad guy situation, but certainly rounds out each character with emotions and just enough depth to care about every scenario.
In that way, the original screenplay by GDT and Vanessa Taylor could be among the best written this year. Every scene has importance and the 2 hour runtime is perfectly paced. There are also several actors who turn in Oscar caliber performances including lead Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg. I would have to go through the other films and put together a list of Oscar predictions, but all actors mentioned above have a chance at a nominations.
GDT has a knack for making gorgeous looking films and The Shape of Water is no different. Everything from the creature played by Doug Jones to the production design and cinematography, this is easily one of the best looking films of the year. To that note, I don’t really have a complaint with the film. Performances, writing, directing, visuals, and romance are all way above par. These uniquely executed films are always something I will cherish, and I’m glad GDT was able to bring this to screens, especially before the Fox-Disney merger. It really makes you wonder if we will even get these types of movies once that deal goes down. One can only hope.
Review The Shape of Water by bastille-852-731547 – A Delightful Fairy Tale From Del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is back with this visually stunning and thoroughly entertaining adult fairy tale. While this movie does not quite live up to some of his previous films (i.e. “Pan’s Labyrinth,”) it is still a great film in its own right. When one begins to watch the film, the first thing that the viewer will notice is the luscious and stunning visuals. These aesthetic qualities are all the more superb and stunning when one takes a moment to realize that they were done with practical effects rather than CGI. As usual, the visionary style del Toro takes to envision his creature and sets is incredibly impressive. Alexandre Desplat’s score, with its simplistic, unpretentious and almost low-key charm, is also thoroughly riveting.
The plot, which centers on a janitor’s relationship with a creature kept in a research lab during the Cold War era in Baltimore, is entertaining throughout. The film is paced well, and never drags or feels tedious. The acting on display in the film is good as well, with a solid performance from Sally Hawkins in the lead role, a show-stealing supporting performance by Octavia Spencer, and a darkly powerful turn by Michael Shannon as a supervisor who serves as the film’s sadistic villain. It is also important to note how the film is enhanced by its use of classic filmmaking tropes, which are managed well as to feel original rather than clichéd or too old-fashioned. They give the film a unique layer of depth to it that helps work hand-in-hand with its stylish aesthetic and unique mix of charm and darker themes. The only criticism I have of this film is the fact that there is a lack of individualization or characterization of film’s supporting characters; these characters seem solely memorable based on a single personality trait. Otherwise, this is a skillfully made fantasy film and one that I would recommend very much.
Review The Shape of Water by Harvey Penson – Del Toro’s new moving, thrilling romantic fantasy
If I was to tell you about Guillermo Del Toro’s new film what would I say.
As the father of dark fantasy, Guillermo Del Toro knows how to bring alive the illusive wonderlands and nightmares we can relish and transform them into wonderful poignant crafts of insight and meaning, and The Shape of Water is no exception. With its journey from Venice to Toronto, The Shape of Water has now hit the London Film Festival, now within reach of this exuberant critic. I had only the budget to see one film at this year’s festival and I most certainly made a wise decision.
During the Cold War conflict of the 60s, a mute but hearing Eliza (Sally Hawkins) works as a cleaner at a secret government facility, where she becomes drawn to the new specimen: a mysterious marine creature (Doug Jones). While Eliza begins to fall in love with it, the facility head Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), only desires to take the creature apart for experimental advantage against the Russians. Eliza’s bond with the creature soon begins to effect those around her: her neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins), work college Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and scientist Robert Hoffsteder (Michael Stuhbarg) What is amazing profound about Del Toro’s latest work is its eccentric visualisation in reflection of the political and social conceptions of the past , but also today. The most centralised end is the the treatment of those who are different. Directly dealing with the fantasy of other species but intertwined with racial treatment relevant to the time in which the film is set, and then of course against the back drop of the national conflicts, but then also the value of those with deficiencies, as portrayed by Sally Hawkins.
More distant from his darker tones in, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak, but not far from the surreal fantasy, The Shape of Water becomes more grounded than previous Del Toro films, and diversely more lighter and funnier. With frequent laughs and jokes on screen, the romantic fantasy is a much light hearted watch, of course not without its moment of bloody violence but at a lower volume. What may be hard for some audiences to get their head around, is this idea of an inter-species relations and with the astonishing design of the creature itself becomes something more than just a fish costume. The bond and sexuality of this romance is a significant thread to the film and is one that featured heavily with its repetitive moments of adult content. But what Del Toro explores its is real beauty in love and within the context of the film it does becomes something remarkable.
Sally Hawkins is exceptional in her vigorous performance as the mute Eliza, with dynamic sign language and spirited facial expressions, we see the isolated heart of the “princess without voice” which makes her connection to this solitary creature all the more real. Opposite her is the confident physical actor Doug Jones, manning the rubber suit of the creature in a brilliant bodily performance, outdoing his previous collaborative performances with Del Toro. Then Michael Shannon sensationally brings the real monster to the tale in Strickland, the dominating Colonel facing his battle in masculinity as well as with the creature. Shannon gives one of the best performances of his career, keeping with that classic fairy tale juxtaposition of man being the real monster.
As with all Del Toro’s dark fantasies, it all becomes about the characters. Eliza reaching out to another like herself. Strickland trying to maintain his power and masculinity in his skirmish with the creature and Eliza. Hoffsetider being caught between to sides but seeking his own right, and Giles trying to find his significance back in society.
As never fails with a Del Toro films is the signature production design that brings to life these magnificent worlds. The Shape of Water although is not full Del Tory fairy tale land, does have a very extraordinary construct of the real world, from Eliza’s apartment to the secret facility, echoing the true Gothic universe of the real world. Opening in a momentous title sequence, Del Toro literally floods the screen in ravishing visual effects and segments. Only more so combined with the inescapable talents of cinematographer: Dan Laustsen, swiftly moving from one room to the next in a mythical immersive experience alluring us furthermore into the depths of the story and art work of the film.
The Shape of Water is a wonderfully weird, quirky, heart-warming, extraordinary piece of cinema. For fans who have found Del Toro’s previous works too dark or scary, will be delighted by this much more charming fantasy.
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