The Shape of Water review “Strangely beautiful, but bonkers”

When looking at directors with their own unique style you think of Tim Burton and his take on the Gothic, Edger Wright and the way he portrays action, but when you look at Guillermo del Toro’s work you realise that nobody could copy his style. Making the audience look at the supernatural with beauty as well as the terrifying and the Shape of Water is truly his love letter to classic monster movies, particularly The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The film follows Elisa Esposita (Sally Hawkins), a cleaner at a top secret USA facility during the 1960s. Elisa creates a bond with an amphibious creature who is being held captive by the US government, being guarded and tortured by the very cruel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Continue reading

Darkest Hour review “Gary Oldman’s Finest Hour”

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour (2017)Just a quick reminder that there is still time to cast your votes in the Movie Metropolis Alternative Oscars. It only takes a few seconds and you get the opportunity to get your opinions heard.

Speaking of the Oscars, one man who is clearly getting a lot of attention is Gary Oldman. For his portrayal of the great British icon Winston Churchill. Now it is a shock that he has never won an Oscar, he was rightfully nominated for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but to look at his acting career in the past and you realise it truly is a shame. Has he done enough to finally win that Oscar?

The film follows Churchill as he becomes the newly appointed prime minister, as Britain deals with the early days of World War II. Having to deal with opposition from both sides of the war, from the troubles that are occurring on the beaches of Dunkirk and members of his own party. Continue reading

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review “Get this film plastered on all the Billboards”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri posterOscar season is upon us and January is the time when the contenders start coming to the big screen. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh deserves the recognition it is getting from the Academy if not for the best picture nomination, for the breath-taking performances from Frances McDormand alone puts this film in high standing.

The film follows McDormand character Mildred, who has had enough of the local police forces ineffectiveness to find her daughters murderer. So she erects three billboards, showing her disdain for the lack of work done. This causes a lot a controversy in the local town, causing the dismay of Woody Harrelson’s police chief Willoughby and officer Dixon played by Sam Rockwell. Continue reading