Guillermo Del Toro has made a name for himself as a visionary director.
Think of films like Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, and even Pacific Rim. The man knows how to do fantasy, and he takes it to a whole new level with his latest, this year's Best Picture winner at the Oscars, The Shape of Water, which is now available to buy or rent at the Cineplex Store.
An Old Hollywood-inspired romance, The Shape of Water is the definition of escapism. It'll simultaneously make you feel nostalgic while also displaying some truly unique visuals that only someone with Del Toro's skill could pull off.
The film follows a mute woman working as a cleaner in a secretive government institution where a mysterious sea creature has been captured. Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg, The Shape of Water is one of the best films of last year.
Here are our five reasons why you need to see The Shape of Water:
The water motif really comes across in the visuals of this film. Every frame is a gorgeous shot, thanks to brilliant costume design, cinematography and unparalleled visual effects. While this is a simple romantic story, it's photographed with such a lush vision that is specific to Guillermo Del Toro's sensibility.
It's shot in Toronto, and you can tell
Guillermo Del Toro calls Toronto home, and he often shoots his films here. The Canadian impact on the film makes us particularly proud, as the film crew is primarily from here, making this a very Canadian production. But then there's the actual setting of the film, which doesn't take place in Toronto but is clearly displaying the city, particularly with scenes in the Elgin theatre on Queen street, which the main characters frequent.
Leave it to Del Toro to invent such an imaginative, magical creature. We can't blame Elisa (Sally Hawkins) for falling in love with this aquatic being, who seems to possess very human qualities as well as some truly amazing and unique capabilities.
Sally Hawkins is simply one of the best, most underrated actresses working today. Almost every one of her performances is awards-worthy, and between Maudie and The Shape of Water she gave us two amazing performances in 2017 alone. You could almost forget that her character is mute, because she plays Elisa with so much expression and candor. It's a brilliant performance from an actress at the top of her game, in a role that was written specifically with her in mind.
We can't emphasize enough how mystical this film is. Set in the 1960s, it has an aura of nostalgia, while also displaying fantastical elements that are signature to Guillermo Del Toro. A great way to escape your everyday life would be to see this beautiful film.