The Shape of Water (15)

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Other than dis­ap­point­ing old school ghost story Crim­son Peak in 2015, it’s been five years since Guillermo del Toro went be­hind the cam­era (Pa­cific Rim) – and 12 years since his last truly stel­lar flick (Pan’s Labyrinth).

We’re in sim­i­lar gothic fan­tasy-drama ter­ri­tory to Pan’s here as Sally Hawkins’ mute cleaner Elisa forms a unique re­la­tion­ship with a crea­ture, Am­phib­ian Man (Doug Jones), kept in a top se­cret re­search fa­cil­ity at the height of the Cold War.

The Shape of Water has been nom­i­nated for a whop­ping 13 Os­cars and it’s easy to see why the Academy was hyp­no­tised by this beau­ti­fully shot, Beauty and the Beast-es­que tale.

Del Toro shoots var­i­ous shades of green, with splashes of browns and creams, to give his film a con­stant aquatic flavour – helped no end by seem­ingly never end­ing flows of water from buck­ets, drains, bath tubs, tanks, rivers and rain­fall – and the six­ties’ pe­riod is recre­ated im­pres­sively.

The script – co-penned by del Toro and Vanessa Tay­lor (Di­ver­gent, Hope Springs) – em­bod­ies the para­noia and closed-off views of the time, where a diner owner can be­come a truly re­pug­nant pres­ence based on four cut­ting lines.

It packs in a lot of dif­fer­ent plot strands and while most work well, there are some that don’t

Break­ing bar­ri­ers Hawkins and Jones form a bond

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