TIFF 2017

'The Shape of Water'

by Chelsea Phillips-Carr

19 September 2017

Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins (IMDB) 
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The Shape of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

US theatrical: 8 Dec 2017

Lacking the sense of fun and creative character design that made his past films somewhat bearable, Guillermo del Toro’s latest feature, The Shape of Water (viewed at Toronto International Film Festival 2017) has almost nothing within it of interest. Opening with a voice-over describing “the princess without voice”, the film sets itself up in the realm of the fairytale. But rather than engaging with the genre in a meaningful way, del Toro’s film is boring, broad, and unoriginal, without any magic or charm.

The Shape of Water

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