Guillermo del Toro has been recognized as one of the leading creators in today’s scene, focusing on creating films that add something new and innovative to the table while challenging rigid and lifeless ways of filmmaking.
He has explored a wide variety of subjects, but his films always seem to revolve around dark and creepy subjects; from a child killed in an orphanage whose ghost returns, to a girl who is convinced by a faun that she is a princess in another world she can go to once she proves herself, and, in this case, to a woman who works as a janitor in a research facility where she falls in love with an amphibian humanoid, del Toro has proved to own a very vivid imagination and an acute understanding of fear as one of the prime motivators of human activity and curiosity.
“The Shape of Water,” his most recent film, has gained a lot of attention lately because it’s received an insane amount of awards and nominations all over the world. This is not the first time a del Toro film has been in the spotlight; in 2006, “Pan’s Labyrinth” was a strong contender for six Oscars, of which it won three.
This year, “The Shape of Water” has amassed 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing, Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay, and with a good amount of important awards already behind its back, things are looking good for this film. Here I present a list of 10 reasons why “The Shape of Water” has received so much attention from the critics and the spectators alike, and why it deserves all of its nominations.
1. It is visually rich, employing visual metaphors in a really clever manner
While most commercial films → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema