Last week I talked about the Oscar buzz that was swirling around “Darkest Hour” and Gary Oldman’s performance. Not my usual fare but a stellar movie nonetheless. This week, we discuss another movie with just as much Oscar buzz, but more down my alley. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is an equally stellar movie but for different reasons.
Anyone who has seen a del Toro movie will tell you to expect creatures of some sort and a bit of weirdness. While this movie has both, that’s not what makes it special. Our protagonist, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute cleaning lady at a secret government facility in 1962 Baltimore. Her routine of cleaning and sticking close to her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) is disrupted the day that the new specimen (Doug Jones) arrives. This South American sea creature is being studied and abused by Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) but Elisa easily befriends the monster.
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