Quick Verdict: A beautifully colourful picture
It would be fair to say I was transfixed by this film from the very first shot to the very last. The style and feel of the film was so amazing. And the colour, the use of colour is gorgeous. The shot at the beginning when all the apartment is filled with water and everything is floating, then Sally Hawkins character, Elisa, wakes up, is just stunning. All the shades of green mixed together. It was a cinematic delight.
The music also fits in with the film perfectly and the musical number, as strange as it may have been, slots into the film with ease.
The story is charming and lovely. Elisa and an Amphibian Man form a friendship. Wow, I should write synopsis more often. That does not do the film justice. Everyone in it is great, Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and of course the talented (I love him in Star Trek Discovery) Doug Jones. They all have a story to tell, and they all have an arc of some description.
It’s a great film and a well deserved Best Picture winner. I’m always slightly apprehensive when I watch an Oscar winning film but this is an amazing cinematic delight. Also a rarity in Best Picture winners, as I could quite happily watch it again. It’ll be great to watch on a wet Sunday afternoon.