The Shape of Water - 5 Stars
A touching, dark yet funny story of an unlikely romance.
At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Guillermo del Toro is a very hit and miss director, his last great film was over 10 years ago, yet he returns to form with this extraordinary tale. He directs his own script, which is brilliantly thought out - it manages in 2hrs to resonate on so many levels. It’s difficult to discuss without spoiling, but I can safely say that Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon offer some of the best performances of their careers.
Overall a cinematic masterpiece derived from passion that can’t afford to be missed.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas