THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017)

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A  film by Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

It’s the 1960s  Elisa (Hawkins) is a mute  who spends her days taking care of an introverted,  artist (Richard Jenkins) — their apartments are situated directly above an old picture palace  Her best friend there, Zelda (Octavia Spencer), fills the air around the silent Elisa with her. One day a thing in a tank gets in the military facility where they work,  while those two are cleaning ,Elisa is a little curious of this thing. She tries to communicate with it and form an unlikely relationship. Oh! boy do I detect a love story here. 

The Shape of Water is a  familiar story, a hybrid of unusual romances and fantastical-creature-lost-on-Earth B rated movies. But del Toro can take old ideas and rewrite them He invests every moment here with beautiful  design and hypothetical atmosphere. Early scenes play with egg timers and time clocks and calendars and repetitive motions in Elisa’s workplace creating a sense of life ticking away. It also delivers an unforgettable fairy tale and a  piece of visceral filmmaking that plays on our emotions. Sally Hawkins never better here delivers little dialogue where she is along has two friends only and does not seems to fit in. The amazon creature here does not fit in this world and speaks no language. Elisa took a liking to him and a romance will develop. Two creatures that need each other. Jenkins is magnificent, his character bring a little life into the life of Elisa by watching old musical and movies. Michael Shannon as Strickland, the cruel agent Ex-military who likes  cheap candy and deals in intimidation and torture. Octavia Spencer always excellent in anything she does here, her character tries to protect Elisa who turns out to be her best friend. A terrific cinematic artistry here like you would see in those old b-rated movies. Nicely done here it took Three years to write the script and Del Toro said in an interview and a year to put it together. I guess it was worth the wait. 

 

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PACIFIC RIM (2013)

 

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A film by Guillermo del Toro.

Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi.

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. Massive Robot (Jaeger)  was constructed to fight the creatures, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose mind are locked in a neural bridge. This works for a while but soon the humans have to think of something else to defeat the creatures. So on their last chance mankind turned to 2 individual a wash out pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and a trainee Mako Mori (Rinko kikuchi) who are teamed up to drive a one of a kind Jaeger. Will they succeed ?

First this remain me of the Japanese film were they are monsters ( Kaiju) destroying human race, But there the story takes us where human have constructed Jaeger massive giant robot to combat them. The story has emotion in it not this mindless emotionless action Sci-Fi picture. The pilots don’t share just responsibilities they share each others memories, and must struggle not just to control their thoughts during combat, but to avoid being thrown off when their co-pilot lets a distracting or traumatic image slip through. Raleigh who lost his brother thought that the bond that he had with his brother ca not be replicated until he meet this young woman named Mako.  Idris Elba is a father figures for Mako who saw her parent died from a Kajiu. Also Del Toro made Elba wear a suit in most movies they were a military uniform or a jump suit of sme kind that came to a surprise for me. They are many great shot in this film and the special effect are great. Over all it has a good story a great director and a nice ensemble cast.

 

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