From the Aisle Seat – The Shape of Water

With SHAPE OF WATER following nicely behind THREE BILLBOARDS and LADY BIRD, my wish list for the end of the year film screenings is almost complete. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, SHAPE OF WATER is a clever and moving love story that draws two soul mates together from very diverse backgrounds. SHAPE is also an homage to the monster movies of the 50’s. Set during the Cold War, the film is drenched in metaphor that addresses many current issues.

It is easily Mr. Del Toro’s best film since PAN’S LABRYINTH and one that will figure prominently when the Academy Awards are announced on the 23rd. The cast is superb; the film has stunning performances from Sally Hawkins, in a wordless portrayal as a mute janitor to a maniacal Michael Shannon, and fellow janitor, Octavia Spencer with wonderful supporting work from Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Mr. Del Toro, along with Alphonso Cuaron and Alejandro Innarritu are the three great Mexican directors leading today’s Mexican cinema revolution. Their visual artistry and unique style of storytelling are filling theaters worldwide. For the last decade, no other foreign country’s filmmakers have had a larger impact on Hollywood audiences. Join us and let Mr. Del Toro’s latest fable weave a spell that you will find irresistible.

Mike Marchak

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