Flash Movie Review: The Shape of Water

PIZZA IS ONE OF my favorite foods; I love pizza. Except for 2 pizzas, one from an independent stand alone restaurant and one from a national chain, I have not met a pizza I did not like. For me pizza is that type of food that can be eaten at any meal and then some. Cold pizza in the morning is just as good to me as a fresh out of the wood burning oven kind for lunch or dinner. With some friends or family members I have no problem ordering one large pizza for the 2 of us since we have similar tastes in toppings; and if not, we can just ask to add or subtract the differing topping off one side of the pizza. On the other hand there are some people I go out with where they have to get their own pizza because there is nothing I like about their topping choices and they will not strip their pizza down just to a basic cheese so we can share it.     RECENTLY I WAS OUT to dinner with a friend who ordered a pizza that looked like an abomination to me. It was a chipotle pizza with sausage and ranch dressing, extra ranch dressing I might add. Yuck, it looked horrible but here is the thing; they only know I do not like those toppings because I do not make a scene. I do not grab my neck with both hands showing the universal sign for choking or start gagging just as the pizza is placed on the table. Do you know why I do not make a scene? It is because they have just as much right to love their pizza toppings as I do with my choices. I am not going to taste their pizza and get indigestion or heartburn; their pizza has no affect on my choices in pizzas or how my body interacts with it. Seriously who am I, or for that matter who is anybody, to force their personal tastes on another pizza lover. I say go ahead and dig into whatever pizza makes you happy; I am not here to judge you. I am glad you have love in your heart for pizza because our ability to love is one of our greatest assets.     IN THE MIDDLE OF the cold war during the 1960s, the United States had a secret laboratory where they had in their possession something the Soviet Union desperately wanted to get. No one knew there was someone working at the lab who was also interested in this special cargo. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth), this film festival winner starred Sally Hawkins (Never Let Me Go, Maudie) as Elisa Esposito, Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Midnight Special) as Richard Strickland, Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, Gifted) as Zelda Fuller, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, LBJ) as Giles and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Steve Jobs) as Dr. Robert Hoffstetler. Everyone in the cast did an outstanding performance; Sally and Michael truly are a gift to filmdom. I was absolutely taken away into this beautiful and meaningful film. Almost every scene allowed the viewer to have an emotional response and I loved the message that I interpreted from the script. It should be obvious I was totally into this dramatic, adventure fantasy and all I ask of you is if you plan on seeing what I feel will be a multiple award nominated picture this season then go into this movie with an open heart.


4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 14, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie! Thank you.
    Remember how I complained that I was missing seeing uplifting movies? Well, I’m so happy to get some satisfaction, lately. I was quite moved by the movie “Wonder.” And I’m sure I’ll like this one, too. I’ll let you know once i’ve seen it what I think. 🙂

  2. I think this movie looks like it is a return to del Toro’s better work. It looks really enchanting and, based just on the trailer, looks to be one of Sally Hawkins’ best performances I am looking forward to seeing this one when it becomes available for the small screen.

  3. hello moviejoltz its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez he has got this wun in the kyoo alreddy!!! he always likes a guillermo del toro dokyoomentry eeven the wuns wot arnt so grayt!!! ok bye

  4. i love your pizza analogy!

  5. Wating for this movie 🙂
    Thank you for your feedback!

    • Hi Sid, Please let me know when you get to see this beautiful movie. Thank you.

      • Hi! This movie will be released in Italy on 14th February 2018, so I have a lot of time to wait for it… 😛
        In the meantime, Happy Christmas!
        Cheers 🙂

      • Okay I guess I will wait to hear your views on it. Thank you for the holiday wishes and I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

      • San Valentine’s Day’s gone and I watched this superb, magnificent movie!
        The sense of otherness in the impressive power of images. The Asset and Eliza, in this tragic-romantic fairy tale, compete to belong to the History of Cinema and sing in their mutism an eternal and fluctuating love!
        Zelda, Giles and Doc “Bob” Hoffstetler play on the run to win on the rotten evil of their inner mind and soul, on the mechanical oppression of the so-called social normality represented by Strickland and Gen. Hoyt.
        There is a meticulous attention to every smallest detail; the powerful use of colours as if they were the narration itself (Eliza is immersed in a house in aqua blue colour, her neighbor Giles in a golden light, blood red in some elements when she falls in love and the dress of the final dance).
        It is a contemporary fantasy, eerie story, sometimes subtly sinister and gothic, with some truculent and bloody moments that however integrate the vision of the tale under the light of truth.
        A masterpiece!

  6. What passion. There were so many translatable lines/scenes in this… Ignorant things people say and do when they have no understanding or concept of what they don’t know or understand. Loved it.

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