“The Shape of Water” Review

the-shape-of-water-french-movie-posterThe Shape of Water (2017)

Words lie, but looks don’t…When you fall in love, you fall in love, absolutely, all at once, all-in. It’s a miracle” (Guillermo del Toro).  

“Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere” .

This tale of unlikely love between the Princess without Voice or Elisa and the creature from the Amazon has been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and there are good reasons for this furore. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)) has finally made the movie he wanted to make for a long time. Del Toro merges different cinematic genres (fantasy, drama and romance), while paying tribute to black-and-white Hollywood musicals and B-movie monsters, to produce a movie which is almost faultless in its directional execution, acting and emotional content. The director draws on a number of sources to tell the unlikely love story which, among many other things, portrays and sympathises with the lives of the “underdog” minority, and engagingly sets out the high-pressure conditions of living in the times of the Cold War. 

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30 Most Hauntingly Beautiful Film Soundtracks

Mainly instrumental and in no particular order:

  1. The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – R. Eldelman/T. Jones  – “Promontory”
  2. Schindler’s List (1993) – John Williams – Main Theme
  3. The Village (2004) – James Newton Howard – “The Gravel  Road”
  4. The Piano (1993) – Michael Nyman – “The Heart Asks Pleasure First”
  5. Blood Diamond (2006) – James Newton Howard – “London”
  6. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) – Nick Glennie-Smith – “Surrounded”
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“The Painted Veil” Review

The Painted Veil (2006)

 ‘Lift not the painted veil which those who live
Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there,
And it but mimic all we would believe
With colours idly spread…’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
 **SPOILER ALERT**

The Painted Veil’ is a moving romantic drama set in China in 1925, and based on W. Somerset Maugham’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. This is a truly timeless story about the values of love, marriage, fidelity, understanding, etc., while also exploring a clash of cultures, to name just a few dominant themes. Directed by John Curran, this film is, arguably, the triumph of a book-to-film adaptation.

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