close
HomeBlogsMark and Candice's blogGuillermo del Toro Creates a Magical and Otherworldly Masterpiece with "The Shape of Water"

Guillermo del Toro Creates a Magical and Otherworldly Masterpiece with "The Shape of Water"

We just saw the “The Shape of Water,” a movie by Guillermo del Toro, and honestly I think that was the best movie he's done since “Pan's Labyrinth.” It was just so magical and otherworldly and beautiful, and I don't want to tell anything about it because I walked into it beautifully ignorant, and I just think everyone should experience it that way.

 

Mark says

I think that's a good thing to encourage. I think probably the less you read about this going into it the better. There might be a couple expectations I would set, and I would definitely say that it's probably safe to set the expectation that this isn't a horror movie.

 

Candice says

Is it billed as a horror movie?

 

Mark says

I think some people thought it was. I was listening to the folks sitting around me, and when Guillermo’s name came out, people were talking, because we were sitting there and the image on the screen in front of us was a sort of a romantic image from the promotional materials, and I could hear people sitting around us, and they seemed confused about what the nature of the film was.

 

Candice says

Well, OK. Let’s not go into the nature of the film.

 

Mark says

OK, but he has a reputation because of different movies he's done, like “Hellboy” and things, that that it might have been that people thought this was going to be more macabre than it was. So it’s probably a good expectation to set that this is…

 

Candice says

Not a horror. I think if I had to compare it to something, and that’s probably the best way to talk about it, it reminded me a bit of “Hugo” by Martin Scorsese.

 

Mark says

It did. I was just thinking that as well.

 

Candice says

It had that same kind of “put you in another world” feel. It’s a dimension like ours, you know what I’m saying?

 

Mark says

Yeah, it’s a fairy tale version of reality. Where it’s the same laws in a lot of ways, but there’s just a gloss over things that's very beautiful. It also reminded me a bit of Peter Jackson’s version of “King Kong,” especially the part where he gets to New York City. There's like an old-timey sensibility to things. There is a love of old-timey film that just seeps out of the way things are shot and the music and the stylization. I would definitely say that this is Guillermo’s love letter to certain types of cinema. So if you're a fan of vintage film, this will probably appeal to you on those levels.

 

Candice says

I just thought the movie was beautiful. I thought Michael Shannon was probably type cast for this part, but he’s just so good at the things that he's type cast as. I thought he was brilliant in this.

 

Mark says

I want to look up Sally Hawkins and see what else she's been in, because, given the way the role was written, I thought she was amazing.

 

Candice say

She really was amazing. She told so much with her face.

 

Mark says

I think for a number of reasons I would have thought this film would have been released at a different time, but I think they released it now because they're hoping that it will get consideration for maybe some awards this year, and I do think there are some things that it deserves.

 

Candice says

Oh, for sure.

 

Mark says

The effects are amazing, especially since we live in a world where effects are all digital, and these were largely practical. And we all know that Doug Jones, who's worked with Guillermo a lot and he’s currently is on “Star Trek: Discovery,” he's a brilliant physical actor, and his body language and his movement is absolutely deserving. There needs to be an award for Doug Jones and Andy Serkis, but there isn’t, for their further physical performances. So I'm hoping that this film does receive some acclaim and some awards.  I would encourage whoever is reading this to please go see this film. It's in limited release right now, so it may or may not be playing at your local Cineplex, but see if you can find an art house theater or a place nearby. It would even be worth it in my opinion, if you love movies, worth the drive of a half hour or 45 minutes to get to a theater where you can see it, if you can pull that off, because it is just a very beautiful thing to see on a big screen and appreciate on that level. And also you are the best person to watch this movie with.

 

Candice says

Awwwww. In the crowded front row.

 

Mark says

In the crowded front row with our necks craned and the guy behind me who kept belching.

 

Candice says

That adds to the ambience. I definitely think if you’re able to see it, go see it. “The Shape of Water” opens in additional cities December 8. Let us know what you thought about it. Either follow us on Twitter or Facebook or let us know in the comments below, and we can continue the discussion there.

Mark and Candice

Mark and Candice

Sometimes the best part of reading an article online is engaging in a conversation in the comment section. However, discussions involving opposing points of view between strangers can devolve into a toxic environment. So what if these conversations were had between two people who loved each other?

At Cheek to Geek, our contributors consist of a diverse group of couples who are steeped in geek and popular culture. Our reviews reflect the back-and-forth, opposing or concurring, debates that geeks are notorious for having. But our founders, Mark and Candice Roma, have always felt that the love and respect felt for certain fandoms should carry over into the way we discuss them. Candice hopes that by modeling fruitful and productive discourses in our blogs, vlogs, and podcasts that we can show our readers the value in having disparate opinions and that differing perspectives don’t have to lead to hostile confrontation. “Mark and I have been together almost nine years, and every time we go see a movie, read book, go to a new restaurant, or see something awesome, we immediately ask what the other one thought. We don’t always agree, but having a conversation with my husband is my favorite part of experiencing something new.”

Although Cheek to Geek focuses on the opinions of specific couples, Mark believes that our vision for the site will extend far beyond that. “Ultimately the goal of art is to communicate, and the goal of communication is to build a community.” Our mission is to create a positive, inclusive, and safe environment for the appreciation and discussion of popular art in all its forms. 

  1. no-avatar

    reply

    I drove over an hour to see Pan’s when it came out at a late showing and smiled the whole way back. I’ve liked what he has done so since then, but have been waiting for another fairy tale from him. Can’t wait!

  2. Mark and Candice's picture

    reply

    Hopefully you won't have to drive again, but if you do, it will be well worth it! Let's us know what you think when you see it.

Add a comment