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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why I'm Cautiously Optimistic About Guillermo del Toro's "Otherworldly" New Film Set In The Cold War Era



Is it just me or do Guillermo del Toro movies lately always a super intriguing premise, then end up being aesthetically beautiful pieces of garbage by the time we actually see the whole thing? I mean, do you recall Crimson Peak or Pacific Rim (minus its hot man beef)? Guys, this is from the same guy who brought us the magnificent Pan's Labyrinth back in 2006. WHAT is going on here? 

Here we are again, with his new fantasy/sci-fi film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, which sounds kind of brilliant. It actually sounds like it could be a companion piece to Pan's (wishful thinking, I know). Here's a teeny bit more about it from the Fox Searchlight press release issued Monday:

THE SHAPE OF WATER is an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. A mysterious and magical journey from Guillermo del Toro.

And the cast is tremendous (Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins-oh my!), though it could use a lot more cultural diversity--something of which del Toro is generally much more conscious.

I'm going to be cautiously optimistic about this one, mostly because I know that del Toro can be great--and this has the potential to be GREAT. Let's bow our heads and pray about it, guys. 

Principal photography began in Toronto, Canada yesterday.

I'll keep you posted as I learn more. What do you think about the project so far?

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