Pan’s Labyrinth is a movie that I adore and Del Toro will always be one of my favourite movie types for his excellent interview with one of my biggest heroes, Paul Williams, on the excellent special edition Phantom Of The Paradise Blu and for the fact that his movies tend to push the imagination more than pretty much every film maker working today.
The Shape Of Water, like his other works is a film that takes a while but then you realise that it has got under your skin. When I first watched it, I was unsure. The first half, featuring a mute who bonds with an alien trapped in a secret laboratory is charm filled and seems like a modern ET, which is one of my favourite films ever. This is Spielberg at the top of his game brilliance. Then something happens in the middle of the film that turned me off a little and took away the fairytale sheen. It was still a good movie but not the five star classic that the first half suggested.
Yet, since watching it last week I have been looking for people to talk to about it, reading everything I can about it online and basically realising that everyone should see it in order for movies with this much imagination to continue to be made.
I should also add that NOONE will deserve the Best Actor Oscar this year as much as Michael Shannon, I mean I would have given him one already for his stunning Kim Fowley in The Runaways, but his dastardly villain here is amazing and much much better than Gary Oldman’s mimic routine in the great Darkest Hour which we all know will take it. But Shannon’s time will come, he is one of the best.
So yes, please go and see The Shape Of Water so that I have someone to talk to about this intriguing, wistful often magical movie.