The Shape of Water is the story of a star-crossed affair between a mute woman and a fish man god-creature, a film that all but dares us to imagine the convoluted mechanism by which the latter's genitalia becomes external and, uh, able to do sex stuff with a human. It's also nominated for Best Picture now. Go figure!
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Guillermo del Toro's latest film, The Shape of Water, recently garnered 13 Oscar nominations, the most of any film this year. But now it's also been accused of plagiarism.
In almost every single film Guillermo del Toro's made, the director creates vivid, imaginative, unforgettable creatures. He also famously writes long, elaborate backstories for all of his characters, whether they ends up on screen or not. So, in The Shape of Water, you'd assume del Toro crafted the ultimate backstory for arguably his most important creature ever.
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.
If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.
For anyone familiar with the work of Guillermo Del Toro, they will know that he has a penchant for monster movies, and utilising them to explore both the innate flaws and immense beauty that humanity has to offer.
Although that concept that ‘the humans were the monsters all along’ seems trite, Del Toro manages to explore it in a way that is fresh and intricate. While still hitting on the themes that fans have come to expect from him.
Given that we're in the Age of Superhero Films, many of 2017's biggest movies were based on comic books. However, there were just as many original sci-fi and fantasy movies that made waves last year, so it seems natural that they too would get turned into comics.
Video: Oprah Winfrey may be the one getting most of the Golden Globe Awards headlines, but the speech that immediately followed hers was one for the books too. Yesterday Guillermo del Toro was awarded Best Director for The Shape of Water and, fighting back tears, he talked about how monsters, especially his own creations, saved his life.
Because The Shape of Water was always meant to be a romantic fairy tale for adults, director Guillermo del Toro knew that if he was going to sell audiences on the idea of an inter-species love affair, he would need to try (in earnest) to make the fish man at least somewhat conventionally attractive. Rather than focusing on the creature's face, hands, or mouth, del Toro made the excellent decision to simply give the fish man a nice arse.
Earlier this month, news broke that the Pentagon had secretly run a $US22 million program to investigate unidentified flying objects - and obtained evidence including footage of Navy F/A-18 pilots chasing a strange craft off the coast of San Diego in 2004 and an alleged warehouse of mysterious "alloys." To this list of evidence we can add the considerably less compelling testimony of The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro, who this week told the Hollywood Reporter he saw a "crappy" UFO when he was younger.
As 2017 comes to an end, we start to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was excellent. So excellent, in fact, that figuring out the top 10 scifi, superhero, and fantasy films was incredibly difficult. However, while there are at least 25-30 movies from 2017 deserve at least some recognition, ultimately, the cream rises to the top.
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: Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a dark fairy tale about the forbidden romance between an amphibious, humanoid cryptid and Elisa, a mute woman who works for the government agency that's secretly keeping him prisoner. Strange as their romance might seem at first, there's an element of mystery to the creature that sort of makes you understand Elisa's fascination.
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.