|Source of story
||An original screenplay
||Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
||Vanessa Taylor is the writer of a number of Game of Thrones scripts.
||Guillermo del Toro
||Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones
||At the height of the Cold War in 1962 the Americans have captured a humanoid aquatic creature, and are holding it in a secret facility. After an altercation between the creature and its sadistic minder, resulting in bloodshed, the facility’s domestics, a mute woman and her friend, are set to cleaning up the space. The former develops a relationship with the creature, and when she hears that it is to be killed decides to rescue it.
||Scenes in the mute woman’s flat which she shares with a possibly gay graphic designer, time spent in the facility which is suitably 1960s style, with a lot of cracked tiles and mysterious pipework. Much tension as the escape is arranged and the creature hidden, with the authorities on the trail. Various fairly graphic sex scenes with some nudity. No drinking or drugs (I don’t think). Some gunfire.
||Well, this movie has been multiply nominated for Oscars and has won other awards. I was absolutely with it from the opening moments. I did not check the time once (My personal measure of how engrossing a film is). It is not remotely like “Beauty and the Beast”, for those who think it is: the woman is in control of events, not the creature. Whether it wins at the Oscars or not, it is wonderful cinema. Note: It won the Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars.