THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017)


I enjoyed this movie tremendously.  Hard to describe what The Shape of Water is – it mixes the Creature from the Black Lagoon with a romance with fairy tale with a Cold War drama and other things that should not work together – yet it does.  It’s up for a bunch of Academy Awards, as well it should be.  Sally Hawkins is a mute cleaning woman who works in a top-secret facility where the military is prone to frequent.  There are experiments going on in a mysterious chamber but hey – even mysterious chambers have to have their floors mopped and wastebaskets emptied, right?  Sally works overnights and discovers, in a big water tank, a creature resembling that classic Creature from the Black Lagoon I mentioned earlier.  She strikes up a highly irregular kinship with the “asset,’ as Michael Shannon, the nasty security agent working with the military calls it.  He abuses it and only sees the military aspects of the creature.  She sees a kind, gentle creature that should be allowed to go home.  Writer-director Guillermo del Toro could have easily gone awry here and easily lurched into bad movie territory.  But the relationship between the cleaning woman and the creature is handled deftly, and Hawkins is excellent without ever uttering a word.  Great support from Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, who are both up for Oscars.  Humor, romance, drama, you name it, it’s all here and this is, indeed, one of the best pictures of the year.


TLA one word review: Beautiful