Guillermo del Toro is perhaps best known as the man behind dark fantasies such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone as well as creature features such as Hellboy and Pacific Rim. With his latest film, the Shape of Water, the master director brings us the best of both worlds.
Set during the height of the Cold War in 1962 Baltimore, the story is steep in the paranoia that best defined that era in our history. The film follows Elisa, a cleaning lady in a top secret, high-security government facility whose life takes a sudden turn when she comes across the laboratory’s secret – a mysterious creature reminiscent of Abe Sapien and the Creature of the Blue Lagoon.
Without getting into spoiler territory, Elisa finds that there is more to the scaled creature than meets the eye. Soon enough, she develops a friendship with the creature and a unique bond forms between them. As she seeks to help her new friend, she comes face to face with government agents determined to find a use for the creature.
If you are a fan of del Toro’s work, then you should definitely see this film.
Coco follows a young boy named Miguel who dreams of one day becoming a proficient musician like his long-time idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Miguel is steadfast in his goal despite the fact that his aspirations pit him against his family’s wishes, as there is a generations-old ban on music in his family.
In a bid to prove his worth and following a mysterious series of events, Miguel would soon find himself in the Land of the Dead. It is there that he encounters Hector, and together, they set out to find the true story behind his family’s history.
Coco is the latest animated feature film from Pixar, the studio behind Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo. As one would expect, the visuals are stunning and the story itself never fails to strike an emotional chord. However, what is most interesting with Coco is the attention to detail and the level of respect it puts in as it taps into certain story elements beloved by Mexican culture. What could have been another case of Hollywood cultural appropriation instead turns into a work of art that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.
As the year comes closer and closer to an end, there will certainly be no shortage of critics talking about the films that disappointed the most. It is perfectly understandable as months of hype finally leading to a mediocre final product can really set anyone off. However, we want to take a step back and do the exact opposite for this one.
We will be looking at the pleasant surprises that came our way in 2017. Presented in this article are a couple of great films which we did not see coming at all. If you haven’t seen these movies yourself, then do yourself a favor and watch them after you read the article.
Early in his career, M. Night Shyamalan was showered with praise from critics and audiences alike. With works like the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, he was well on his way to becoming one of contemporary cinema’s new masters. Yet, this all changed when he released a whole series of stinkers and box office bombs, all of which were universally reviled.
It wasn’t until The Visit that people started paying attention to the director’s work. By all means, that film harkens back to Shymalan’s earlier works and was hailed by many as an improvement to his previous works. Yet, by no means was it the redemption the director needed.
Now, with the release of Split earlier this year, there can certainly be no more questions regarding the director’s status in the industry. A tale of suspense and horror that is able to strike the right nerves with audiences and critics alike.
Of course, it needs to be stated here that the film’s success is inextricably linked to James McAvoy’s stellar performance. He inhibits each of the character’s many personalities perfectly. Funny, intimidating, and downright scary when the scene demands it – his on-screen presence is riveting, to say the least.
Though the script tumbles a couple of times, everything eventually pays off in the third act, as everything comes to a startling conclusion. Of course, the most interesting part of it is the final twist which sets the movie up for a potential crossover sequel. Needless to say, we are more than excited to come back to this universe Shyamalan has built, we hope sooner rather than later.
Unlike Split, Get Out really did not surprise anyone for being a good movie. Coming from the mind of Jordan Peele, the film itself showcases his love for genre films. It is able to build the right kind of suspense and terror needed to scare its audiences effectively.
However, what surprised critics most about Get Out is the fact it is perhaps one of the best horror films of the year, or even of the decade. Like most great films, it certainly had a lot to say and it left audiences asking a number of uncomfortable, albeit relevant questions regarding the state of racism in American society today.
This article presented readers with a couple of films that surprises us the most. Do yourself a favor and watch it as soon as you can.