Film Review – The Shape of Water: Love Beyond Words


Guest: Brian Hinselwood

Presenter: Wayne Bucklar

Guest Bio:  Brian Hinselwood is the Media, Arts and Lifestyle Editor of Business Radio Talkers.FM. He was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He left school at age 15 and joined the army to serve the country for a few years. After leaving the army, Brian moved back and forth in many different places around Germany, England, Europe and Asia, exploring his potentials while trying to earn money for a living. His career took a 360 degree turn and found his true passion when he arrived in Australia, where he became a successful actor and a renowned director in community theaters. Brian is also passionate about politics and in giving back to the community.

Segment Overview:  In this segment, Brian Hinselwood talks about the romantic fantasy film “The Shape of Water” starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg. This is a film that normally doesn’t attract Brian’s attention but due to the fact this film picked up many Oscar nominations including Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, Brian decided to see it. The film’s plot is focused on a mute cleaning lady at a high-security government laboratory who surprisingly falls in love with a captured humanoid-amphibian creature – a creature that looks very similar to the one from the classic 1950’s monster film “Creature from the Black Lagoon”. Brian praises the movie’s outstanding cinematography and predicts that it will win the Best Cinematography Oscar. He says this is a film with some violence but has a whimsical element to it.


Wayne Bucklar: You’re listening to Health Professional Radio. My name is Wayne Bucklar. This is Media Arts and Lifestyle with our Media Arts and Lifestyle editor, Brian Hinselwood. Now Brian, I understand you’ve recently been off during this Oscar season checking out some movies and you’ve been to see “The Shape of Water”. Now, this is a 2017 American fantasy drama film. It’s directed by del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The stars of the movie are Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer. It doesn’t strike me as being one of the sorts of movies that would normally attract your attention, what did you think of it?

Brian Hinselwood: Well you’re quite right. It wasn’t a movie that would normally attract my attention. Having said that, I went along because it’s nominated for a number of actors. And it’s a story about a mute lady who’s a cleaning lady in a high-security government laboratory. So already it’s kind of leaning on the bizarre kind of side of things. And again, the acting in it is lovely and you really do think and it’s not until the end of the movie that you realize she’s not, but you really do think and this is a mute actress playing this role. It’s a fantasy story. It’s about this laboratory in Baltimore in the U.S. that has this sea creature that they’ve captured and they’ve got it in this laboratory. And one of the ‘people’ that’s looking after this person is vile, it keeps hitting this creature and punishing it and really wanting to kill it because they don’t understand it. So it’s kind of like the movies that I went to see as a kid when something from outer space landed, some creature from outer space and everybody’s shocked because they didn’t know what to do with it. It’s kind of that film but the filming of it, the actual cinematography is glorious and and you really do think that this creature, I mean I know now special effects are light-years from where they were when I was a kid. But you really do believe that this creature is a living, breathing creature, all be it that he really only breathes terribly well underwater. And then this little and cleaning lady who tries to save it and ultimately falls in love and the whole thing. And the poster of the movie is this creature and this cleaning lady – who I didn’t realize who it was at the time – underwater. And that’s kind of the last scene of the movie, it’s a wonderful escape movie, it’s just something that you come off thinking, “Well yes, it was very far fetched.” But it was beautifully done, beautifully acted and the villain of the peace is just extraordinary. And he’s an actor who was in – I don’t know many if people have seen it but – he was in Boardwalk Empire which was a television series that was on a little while ago. And he just plays this excellent villain, he’s vile. And so again, “The Shape of Water” is one of those movies, it’s quite a long movie actually and if you just want to go somewhere for a couple of hours, completely escape from reality, this is the movie to see. And again, it’s being nominated for a couple of Oscars, it will be interesting to see. I think it will probably get the cinematography one. I’m not sure that it will get any and maybe special effects, I don’t know, but I don’t think it will get any acting nominations but it’s well worth seeing, it’s a lovely movie. There’s a little bit of violence in it but apart from that, it’s very whimsical, it’s the sort of thing you think, “Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if it happened?” It’s not going to happen. So “The Shape of Water”, well worth spending a couple of hours.

W: Well, we’ll look forward to the Oscar results and seeing if your predictions come true.

B: Well, it will be very interesting because again, both movies this one and “The Darkest Hour” are lovely movies for totally different reasons.

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