Guillermo del Toro has won critical acclaim — and a baker’s dozen Academy Award nominations — for his latest film, The Shape of Water. The movie is about the close relationship that develops between a woman and a strange creature that’s being held captive in the research facility where she works. Del Toro wrote the screenplay, so we wanted to know if the roots of the relationship could be traced to anything he’d experienced in his life. His answer is surprising, because he was the “creature” to Oscar-winning director James Cameron!
The Shape of Water is playing now in theaters everywhere.
The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).
Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.
Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!
Michael Stuhlbarg is getting his share of critical acclaim in director Luca Guadagnino’sCall Me By Your Nameas a loving father, and he also delivers fine work as a dedicated scientist in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.
Set during the Cold War era in Baltimore, the tale centers on Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at the Occam Aerospace Research Center along with her lifelong friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Her life is forever changed when a creature (Doug Jones, whose character is simply named the “amphibian man) is transported to the building for a bit of research. Though this creature finds a loving bond with Elisa and a bit of concerned sympathy from Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Stuhlbarg), the amphibian man is abused by his malevolent handler (Michael Shannon).
Click on the media bar to hear Stuhlbarg explain why working with Guillermo del Toro was a “singular” experience:
One of 2017’s most talked about performances is Sally Hawkins’ work in director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The film centers on a mute woman (Hawkins) in 1960s America who becomes enamored with an amphibian man (Doug Jones) and there’s a ton of awards buzz centering on the actress’ work.
Even with an acclaimed acting career which includes work in Made in Dagenham and Happy-Go-Lucky, Hawkins was a bit surprised that she landed the lead role in The Shape of Water. “I couldn’t quite believe that Guillermo del Toro wanted to work with me and I kept worrying right up until filming and throughout filming that (he) got the right person,” said Hawkins. “I wasn’t quite sure (if) I was going to get a tap on the shoulder and (he’d) go ‘No, you better go.'”
Click on the media bar to hear Hawkins explain what makes Guillermo del Toroan intriguing filmmaker:
The Shape of Water, co-starring Michael Shannon, opens nationwide December 1.
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer’s current movie has her teamed up with Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro, who’s brought us such movies as Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth. The Shape of Water is a sci-fi fairy tale, telling the story of a woman (Sally Hawkins) working in a Cold War-era government laboratory whose life is changed when she and her co-worker (Spencer) come across a top-secret experiment. For Spencer, the role was both physically and emotionally draining, but she told us she was able to make it through the experience because of del Toro’s style on the set. (Click on the media bar below to hear Octavia Spencer)