In Guillermo del Toro's latest film The Shape of Water, a mute cleaning lady falls in love with a mysterious fishman. It's a weird premise, to be sure, but nothing about how it's handled feels weird. Instead, del Toro's film is poetic, sumptuous, emotionally complex, and yet almost strikingly simple in its narrative.
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A day after The Shape of Water led all other films with seven Golden Globe nominations, Guillermo del Toro's relationship with Fox Searchlight has been solidified. The filmmaker and studio just announced two new genre films, one of which del Toro will write and direct, the other he'll produce.
The Shape of Water is shaping up (sorry, not sorry) to be one of the best recent films, and that's partly thanks to the mysterious allure of Doug Jones' fishman creature, who's captured the hearts and minds of the internet. A new book is diving into the process of making the movie, and we have an exclusive look inside.
Most movie novelizations do little more than write down what audiences see on the screen. But the novel that's accompanying Guillermo del Toro's new movie The Shape of Water is no mere adaptation. Co-author Daniel Kraus' book and the film tell the same story, of a mute woman who falls in love with an imprisoned and equally mute creature, in two very different ways -- and we have an exclusive excerpt to show how.
Video: Any time Guillermo del Toro makes a movie, we take notice. And when one gets reviews like The Shape of Water is getting, we also become very excited. A new featurette adds to the anticipation by providing new footage of, and info about, the film's mysterious fish man. That said, it also goes a little too far.
Guillermo del Toro hasn't made an undisputed great movie in over a decade -- specifically 2006's Pan's Labyrinth, a truly breathtaking work that set the bar for the director's work very high. Since then, he's made many films with varying degrees of success but nothing that's come close to Pan. However, according to the early reviews, it sounds like his new film The Shape of Water might live up to del Toro's potential.
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