Here we go, Brucester’s! Our very first movie review on Bruce in the City! BJ Cinema….Our Reviews Will Blow You Away! I’m excited to work with John, my partner of 12 years, to bring you our points of view on motion pictures! I’m certain there will be a lot of laughs and a lot of sass! Maybe even a bit of class. Certainly from me! Not sure what John’s got planned.
Without further ado, let’s get the show on the road! Our first film review is The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro. John and I were actually planning to see a different film but our good buddy, Bobbie, made a suggestion to see this one with her. I watched the trailer and thought it looked dark and mysterious. Just like me. So I said sure! I’ll be a gentleman and so John you may go first.
Unlike Bruce, I didn’t know anything except the title of this movie before taking my seat in the theatre so I was greatly moved by the experience and the 2 hours and 3 minutes of sitting was not even noticeable to me.
Do you remember the days of “B-movies”? I remember seeing some of them on the telly in my youth. Admittedly, I never really got into them. Likely, it was because of my age….. The Shape of Water, however, reminds me of those “B-movies” I never really got into, but has been done with an “A-movie” story/script and an amazing cast that make the events that take place in this Baltimore of 1962 feel legitimate and not corny in the slightest. The pacing of the story is so well handled that I was swept into the events that unfold and never felt the pangs of “Oh, that is just sooooo contrived!!” The only complaint I have with the movie is that during the opening credits, Richard Jenkins character, Giles, introduces us to “the Princess without voice” but I ended up feeling confused if I should accept this as “factual” information to the establishing of the story or if it was intended to be “impressionistic” in relation to his particular character. It didn’t help that the imagery floating across the screen during the voice over was so mesmerizing that trying to take it all in was a challenge. (I will be watching and listening more closely when it comes out on DVD, or should that be rewinding endlessly to catch every detail then shutting the volume off to just watch the visual magic!)
So I guess your going for simplistic in this first round of reviews? Less $10 dollars words if you will. I’m already feeling exhausted like taking in the opening credits of Schindler’s List. As for me,the director Guillermo del Toro, who also directed Pans Labyrinth, has an edgy style and a persuasion for the creatures that lurk in dark places. Of course, as I’m writing this, John is in the back ground filling me on some fun facts that all you Murdoch Mysteries fans will love. Did you know there were at least 13 actors in this film that appeared on Murdoch Mysteries! Just for that alone every Murdoch fan should go see this film and play find the Murdoch Actor! I think it may be possible Yannick Bisson was the pond creature. For the subject matter in this film the acting was right on point and surprisingly stayed away from the ridiculous. This film could have easily gone there if not handled properly. The line between the fantastical and the absurd were respectfully drawn. I had a bit of a problem with the creature’s special ability causing continuity issues for me but a beautifully strange film and captivating non the less. A stand out performance for me was Octavia Spencer in her supporting role. She nailed the need for humour but also switched to dramatic character when the scene called for it. The one thing I just gotta say for this movie is it gave a whole new meaning to giving someone the finger! John?
I couldn’t have said it with my $10 dollar words. I think it’s time for our rating! We would like to give The Shape of Water….
4 Cosmopolitans out of 5!!
Bruce Christopher & John Sigerson for Bruce in the City!
Bruce Christopher and John Sigerson