The Shape Of Water (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shape Of Water (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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

 


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The Book of Life – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Book of Life – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Big screen animation continues it’s ever upward spiral with the release of The Book Of Life, from producer Guillermo del Toro.  A beautiful, fun film with stunning character design, a great cast (Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana), some nice rejigged music and, naturally this it’s a Mexican themed film, you have the obligatory (almost contractually so) cameos from Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin – it just feels right. The Book of Life is up there with The Boxtrolls as one of the best kids films of the year.  Who needs Pixar, eh?

Best Bit: Visually one of the most unique animations ever.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Boxtrolls, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Up

 

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Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Big screen animation continues it’s ever upward spiral with the release of The Book Of Life, from producer Guillermo del Toro.  A beautiful, fun film with stunning character design, a great cast (Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana), some nice rejigged music and, naturally this it’s a Mexican themed film, you have the obligatory (almost contractually so) cameos from Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin – it just feels right. The Book of Life is up there with The Boxtrolls as one of the best kids films of the year.  Who needs Pixar, eh?

Best Bit: Visually one of the most unique animations ever.

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