Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shape Of Water is a pretty good genre movie. It’s not a four times Academy award winner. And it’s certainly not a best picture or best director winner. What you have here is a case of emperors new clothes. Yes it’s interesting, has some great performances with solid direction and for a two hour film doesn’t feel long but there is little special about what’s on offer here and a lot of it (not least the make up) I’ve seen before. Del Toro for me has always been overrated and The Shape Of Water further cements that for me. Bad? Nowhere near. But Best film of 2017/8? Sorry… no.
Best Bit: The Escape
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Blade 2, Pacific Rim