THE SHAPE OF WATER — Review by Lauren Veneziani

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The Shape of Water is the work of director, Guillermo del Toro, who is known for his visionary filmmaking. The film is a sort of Beauty and the Beast. It is set in 1962 and Sally Hawkins is a mute janitor who works in a science facility that is holding an aquatic creature to study it. She and the creature have their own way of communicating with each other through sign language, and they end up falling in love. Continue reading…

You may think this is a little weird, but we have seen stories like this before and they way it is written and presented is thoroughly beautiful.

Octavia Spencer is also in the film. And Michael Shannon plays the bad guy. Richard Jenkins is in it too, adding to the wonderful, amazing ensemble cast. The cinematography is beautiful. This is one of my favorite films of the year. I am giving it four out of five stars. I love the fact that it was set in Baltimore. It was really cool to see Baltimore in the early 1960s. And this is a good movie to see during the movie awards season because it’s a contender in so many races.

Aired on WBAL-TV, Baltimore, on December 11, 2017

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Lauren Veneziani

Lauren Veneziani is a film critic in the Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore, MD. Lauren’s reviews can currently be seen on WBAL-TV every Saturday morning. She has also been featured on Fox 5 WTTG’s Good Day DC, Sirius Patriot channel, WUSA 9, 98 Rock, WMAL Radio, 106.7 The Fan and Reelz Channel. Lauren is a voting member in both the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.