Beauty and sea monster

Carefully exploiting the touching fairy-tale motives and the retro-atmosphere, the simple story of a monster that awakens in each its basic instinct

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Form of water
Shape of water (2017)
The Shape of Water
драма, мелодрама, приключения, триллер, ужасы, фэнтези
Producer: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Salli Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stulbarg
Premiere: January 18 2018 years

Postwar years in the United States. In the race to conquer the cosmos, Americans do not abhor anything, even experiments on a mysterious humanoid being breathing through the gills caught in the Amazon. While in the secret laboratory there is a lively discussion about whether a monster should be gutted and studied the structure of its respiratory organs or better left alive, a mute cleaner Eliza, in love with music and cinema, finds a common language with a mysterious creature. Deeply concerned about the fate of an unexpected new friend, the girl organizes the kidnapping of the monster from the most protected secret facility in the United States.

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

It is difficult to argue with the fact that Guillermo Del Toro is today one of the most inventive storytellers of world cinema. Each new picture of him is an incredible world, thought out to trifles, having his own style, atmosphere and color, filled with amazing creatures. At the same time in his paintings the Mexican genius speaks about simple things - about fear, about growing up, about kindness, love and readiness to fight for his own happiness. This is fine, however, there is something that does not allow Del Toro to be put on a par with Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, George Lucas or Tim Berton, The author of "Hellboy"And"Pacific border", Of course, a brilliant artist and architect of his cinematic worlds, but he is not very elegant in terms of subjects, in fact, his films are unassuming dramatically and take only visual luxuries.

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

"Form of water" - a film-triumphant at the Venice Film Festival and the recent Golden Globe ceremony - is perhaps the easiest in the filmography of Del Toro, a more naive plot, perhaps only in the picture of the battle of Egerei and Kaizyu. Critics who hastened to compare "Form" with "The Amphibian Man"Chebotarev and Kazan, Hollywood frankly flattered - the Soviet film half a century ago far to the depths Alexandra Belyaeva, but even this charming bauble with the young Korenev, Vertinskaya и Kozakov starring gives a hundred points ahead to the movie Del Toro. The plot of the "Form" is even somehow embarrassing to retell - the villains caught an innocent creature and let him torture, but there was a compassionate woman who saved the monster and even began to live with it. Last year's "Beauty and the Beast"Exactly about the same. And hundreds and hundreds of other works.

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

Despite the fact that the roles in the film were written for specific actors, Guillermo Del Toro did not manage to get into the picture of everyone he planned to attract. For example, Richard Jenkins replaced the dismissed Ian McKellen

Of course, Del Toro makes an attempt to dilute the straightforward storyline with branches touching in his helplessness - here both Soviet spies from KJBi are attracted, and the useless artist suffering from baldness, and the cruel guard chief, bathed in his impunity, and even so urgent today racism and home issues violence affected. However, it all looks strange and uncertain, like a script Vanessa taylor forcibly stretched, adding more water to it, literally and figuratively, the annoying frame insertions of classic paintings, the emphasis on touching music and the scene with song and dance look ridiculous. This only exaggerates the general plot helplessness, and there is no other feeling left from the banal finale but bewilderment.

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

Shot from the film "The Shape of the Water"

For three hours each day, it took me to dress Doug Jones with the makeup and equipment of the sea monster. According to the actor, it was the most sophisticated costume of those that he had to try on in Guillermo Del Toro films.

However, in the visual part and the actor's performance, “The Form of Water” is almost flawless. Yes, Salli Hawkins, Octavia Spencer и Michael Shannon forced to huddle in very close predictable images, but they give up the game without a trace and make their characters as convex as possible: if cruelty, then so villainous that your fingers fall off, if kindness, then the bullets stop. And there’s no need to talk about the magical atmosphere of 1960's - Del Toro, like no other, knows how to create beauty from the most ordinary things, and turn unusual structures into fabulous scenery, full of secrets and surprises.

And even more so, one cannot get away from the annoying demonstration of respect for classic cinema, peplum, the spirit of event-films shown by the director throughout the whole picture. It turned out to be somewhat "thicker" than "Artist"Or"The Guardian of Time”, The homage turned out to be somewhat over the ears, but here it is, as they say, beautiful, first, second, and third. Unfortunately, Del Toro’s beauty in the “Form of Water” is emptiness and colorless slurry, in which there is nothing to grasp. It is naive for a fairy tale, predictable for a drama, unsophisticated for a thriller - water, in one word.

Since 18 January at the cinema.

17.01.2018 Text: Evgeny Ukhov
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