‘The Shape of Water’ Film Review

Grade: A

Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water (2017)

As we get closer to Oscar night (March 4 this year), the time for seeing the nine ‘Best Picture’ nominees is slowly, yet surely, reaching to a close. Whether certain films are still being screened a week or two after that fateful event is up to the studios distributing these films, and how comfortable they are booking more screenings after the winners are announced; which is why I am glad to have finally got a chance to see Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’. Nominated for thirteen Oscars including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ is a romantic fairy tale for adults that only the man who directed both ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ could come up with. I especially have heard that this has been a passion project of his for quite some time. It may just be another ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale, only this time, it is an homage to creature features from the fifties (‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’), and a love letter to the golden age of cinema while somehow being drenched in fifties nostalgia.

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‘Paddington 2’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Paddington 2 (2017)

In a way, ‘Paddington 2’ is like ‘The Dark Knight’; it may not be the sequel we need right now, but it is the sequel we deserve. In a month where we are exposed to cinematic garbage, Paul King’s continuation of the well-received family comedy/sleeper hit manages to rise, not from Peru like its title character, but from London to America in order to set things right. It is as sweet as a marmalade sandwich and will warm your heart like a cup of hot cocoa in the middle of Winter. Might I add, it is also a charming addition to the library of children’s talking-animal films, and ranks along with the likes of ‘Babe: Pig in the City’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’ as one of the most charming talking-animal movie sequels. 

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