The Shape of Water (2017)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor (Screenplay) Guillermo del Toro (Story)

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones


Plot: At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Tagline – Based on an idea by Daniel Kraus And Guillermo del Toro

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Spectacularly Beautiful


Story: The Shape of Water starts as we follow lonely mute woman Elisa (Hawkins) who works as a janitor in a secret government facility with her trusted friend Zelda Fuller (Spencer), Elisa’s silence helps the government know the secrets won’t get released with only her neighbour Giles (Jenkins) being anyone outside of work for her.

When a new creature Amphibian Man (Jones) is bought in with strict security officer Richard Strickland (Shannon) as the facility looks to experiment on the creature. When Elisa strikes up a friendship with the creature, she will do anything to make sure he stays alive and safe once the facility decides they want to examine his organs.


Thoughts on The Shape of Water


Characters – Elisa is a mute lonely woman that works as a janitor and only has one friend in her personal life. When a creature gets bought into her facility she sees the loneliness he is feeling and wants to save him, believing it to be her purpose. Amphibian Man is a creature taken from his home to be experimented on by the Americans, he is lonely and finds communication from Elisa comforting in his captivity, even though he is highly dangerous to anyone who gets too close. Richard Strickland is the man in charge of the operation with the creature, he wants to do harm and tries to intimidate the people who don’t want to follow his orders. Giles is the trusted neighbour that Elisa turns to for help, he is similar to him with his loneliness in the world too, while Zelda is the one co-worker that Elisa has to turn to and the one that translates her sign language. Dr Hoffstetler is the man that doesn’t want to see the creature hurt, for science and his true alliance in the world.

PerformancesSally Hawkins is fantastic in this role, her emotions are shown in every movement and expression on her face in a role with no words. Doug Jones has spent his career performing the odd roles being able to transform himself, this is his biggest and easily his best role to date. Michael Shannon in the villainous role shines just like we know he can every time. Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg complete the casting wonderfully playing the supporting roles just how they need to be.

StoryThe story follows unusual attraction, finding someone that accepts you to make you feel safe and how government will do anything to learn from an unknown creature. This is both magical, tragic and special from start to finish. Each side of the story shows how different people didn’t fit in during the early 60s and just how love truly works. This is an original story that plays on as many different emotions as it possible can.

Adventure/Fantasy/RomanceThis is an adventure like never before, it shows the risk taken to do the right thing for love, which helps play into this unlikely love story that captures you from the first moment, showing just how love can change you in a second. The fantasy elements are full blown what you would have come to expect from a del Toro movie now, both magical and fantastical.

SettingsThe settings keep everything safe, we have a faceless city with a secret facility which works because we wouldn’t have this facility in a big city.

Special EffectsThe effects used through the film keep everything looking fantastic through the film, nothing seems to look out of place.

Scene of the Movie –
Bathroom flood.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I actually think this is flawless.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most perfect movies I have ever seen, if has heart in every scene and just makes you feel on edge to just where it will go.


Overall: Brilliant, stunning and fantastic.





Divergent (2014)

logoDirector: Neil Burger

Writer: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort


Plot: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.


What one would you pick?

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Verdict: Creating A Bigger Picture


Story: I think it would be fair to say this is a builder film, this whole film is about Tris trying to discover about her difference in a world that won’t accept people being different. We have over half the film being training and nothing else. We do see the basic creation of friendship and even the start of a love story that will feature more in the later chapters of the franchise. We have the standard one group wants control over all the groups going against the peace, but we focus more on our heroine learning about a destiny she will only achieve by the end of the series of books/films. At over two hours long it could be considered a little bit long for the basics being told, but I can’t judge that until I see how the next chapter unfolds. (8/10)


Actor Review


Shailene Woodley: Tris a teenager who completes her tests only to find out she is Divergent meaning that she is not welcome in the world anymore. When it comes to joining a faction she surprises everyone by going into the defence faction Dautless and upon joining this faction she has to overcome all the training she goes through working up from the bottom to prove herself. Her Divergent has to be kept secret but when Four figures out what she is a romance starts to unfold but with a bigger picture unfolding about a takeover she must team up and stop it before it is too late. Great performance from Shailene, who could easily match Jennifer for teenage leader. (9/10)


Theo James: Four a trainer in the Dautless who tries to help Tris fit in more as he has always know what she really is. He is also a son of the leader of another faction, but we only get glimpses of that story. He also ends up starting a love story with Tris and with them both being Divergent they must fight for survival. Good performance from Theo taking a leading role with ease. (8/10)


Ashley Judd: Natalie Tris mother who always seems to appear when she is needed to pass on the next message on her quest. Good supporting performance filling in a few blanks in the story. (7/10)


Jai Courtney: Eric head trainer in the Dautless whose new stricter methods lead to people falling at the way side if they don’t meet his and the groups standards. Good performance from Jai who shines as the villainous trainer. (8/10)


Zoe Kravitz: Christina Tris’ friend on the Dautless who keeps up with the rest but with Tris sticking up for her she gets into as much trouble because she is the weaker friend. Good supporting performance offering a good friendship for Tris. (7/10)


Kate Winslet: Jeanine the Divergent hunter who has been looking for as many as she can to help her faction take over, while keeping a good public image for herself and her faction. Good performance in what is a villain role. (8/10)


Director Review: Neil Burger – Good direction to create the next teenager rebel to rise up and change a world. (8/10)


Action: Basic action mostly training before the final battle. (7/10)

Romance: We only see the beginning of the romance side to the story but I expect this to be higher in the future films. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: Good look at an alternate future. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting shows the difference in class and how the world has changed because of a war. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would say try this, I do think I might change this if the follow ups turn out good because this is a good build to a bigger and better story. (Try It)


Best Part: Fear tests

Worst Part: Little bit long.

Action Scene Of The Film: War games.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Part of a Franchise

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $275 million

Budget: $85 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes

Tagline: What makes you different, makes you dangerous.


Overall: Great Building Block to Bigger Story

Rating 80