‘The shape of water’, on Telecinco: review and cast of the film


    the shape of water It’s the work of horror master Guillermo del Toro, and perhaps his best work to date. After directing a handful of lower-budget horror films, the vampire-focused sequel Blade II and the first movie hellboythe Mexican-American director began to make his mark in Hollywood with the premiere of The Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006. The film introduced many to the filmmaker’s universe: whimsy and romance mixed with horror. Since then, the filmmaker has carried out a whole series of projects, from the great box office success that was Pacific Riman extravaganza of robots fighting kaiju, to its reinterpretation of the gothic romance genre with Crimson Peak or his latest work, the Netflix animated film pinocchio. Del Toro returned with another unique project that will surely attract the attention of Telecinco moviegoers. the shape of waterby Guillermo del Toro, elegantly blends a whimsical fairy tale with a new twist on classic monster movies to deliver a delightful experience.

    In the shape of waterElisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman who works as a night janitor at the Occam Aerospace Research Center in early 1960s Baltimore. Her daily routine includes watching old musicals with her neighbor and friend Giles (Richard Jenkins), a homosexual who works from home as a commercial artist, and working with her chatty friend Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer). Elisa is quite happy in her life, finding joy in the little moments, but her world is changed forever when the facility acquires a strange specimen, nicknamed the Asset (Doug Jones). Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) and several scientists set out to study the Asset, though Strickland has a particular contempt for the creature and Hoffstetler a particular fascination.

    Elisa is intrigued by the Active and tries to befriend the creature by bringing it hard-boiled eggs and teaching it sign language, which is its main form of communication. When she learns that Strickland and his superior, General Hoyt (Nick Searcy), have decided to vivisect the Asset, despite Dr. Hoffstetler’s protests, she begins to plan a way to help the amphibian escape the dams. installations. To do this, he enlists Zelda and Giles, but they only succeed with the amazing help of Dr. Hoffstetler, who has his own secret motivations for helping. Once released, Elisa and the creature grow even closer and she falls in love with him, while she plans when and how to return him to the sea. With Strickland on the hunt for the Asset and those who helped free the creature, Elisa and the amphibian man find themselves in a dangerous situation, made even more tense by their feelings for each other.

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    ‘The Shape of Water’: film review

    the shape of water It was directed by del Toro from a script he wrote with Vanessa Taylor (Divergent, Game of Thrones), although it is based on a story by the filmmaker himself. The story itself is a beautiful mix of classic fairy tale romance similar to Beauty and the Beastbut with an amphibian man who pays an obvious – and reverent – homage to the monster of The creature from the black lagoon. However, the shape of water it also makes good use of its 1960s Baltimore setting, adding an undercurrent of Cold War-era McCarthyism that brings some depth to the political climate, and some insight into Strickland’s mindset, which is certainly the villain -and true monster- of the film. Taken together, the mixture of genres and tropes gives the shape of water an even more surreal feel, with the fantastical elements in stark contrast to the realistic political undertones.

    Still, the story of the shape of water brought to life wonderfully by del Toro in the director’s chair and cinematographer Dan Laustsen. The theme of water and the fact that the co-star is an amphibian man make the film very visually appealing, and the shape of water take every possible opportunity to play with water and light in a dazzling way. Plus, classic but not too polished sets from production designer Paul D. Austerberry (Pompeii) and the costumes in the style of the 60s by Luis Sequeira (The Strain) contribute to provide a rich texture to the shape of water which highlights the dichotomy of realistic and fantastic elements in the film. However, the makeup and visual effects teams are also to be applauded for bringing del Toro’s creature to life with such verisimilitude.

‘The shape of water’, on Telecinco: review and cast of the film