The Shape of Water

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When I heard that Jean-Pierre Jeunet was getting pissy about this lifting from his work, I scoffed. (Not least because I’m fairly certain Marc Caro was the real talent.) But, flipping ‘eck Tucker, he sure does have a point. While not quite a Ziggy-Bauhaus cover version level of things, but we are definitely in the realm of written by Gallagher-Innes-Lennon-McCartney. It brazenly and blatantly tonally lifts from his work. There are recognisable riffs and rhythms to it. This means that it ultimately is cutesy with none of the real grotesquerie that it needs (so, all Jeunet no Caro). I’d rather have seen this made with the voice of the director of (the over-rated) Pan’s Labyrinth than this weird Dick Tracy world.

Truth be told, I’d rather see the daddy of it all Terry Gilliam tell this tale.

That said, none of this should be taken as an indication that the film’s no good. I definitely went with it’s premise, which is probably triumph enough. The problem is, once you have, there’s ot really much more to it. Could/should be better

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Written by Tony Kiernan

15 February 2018 at 11:01 am

Darkest Hour

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The portrayal of Churchill as some Trumpian populist has to be deliberate? I expected this to be tosh, but not this much [fin]

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12 February 2018 at 3:49 pm

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Journey’s End

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Ever wonder what Blackadder Goes Forth would be like with Toby Jones as Baldrick and Paul Bettany as George? Me neither. But, pretty damn good it turns out [fin]

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09 February 2018 at 10:39 am

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Phantom Thread

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Paul Thomas Anderson is a director I’m convinced I don’t like. Although, I think I’ve only seen one of his films, it was over 20 years ago, and it was excellent. I’ve now seen two. This was also rather good. Intriguing. Sumptuous. Weirdly romantic

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09 February 2018 at 10:32 am

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The Just Joans – The Lexington (3 February 2018)

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Always fantastic.

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04 February 2018 at 1:30 pm

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The Post

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All The President’s Men lite. With a heavy dollop of look-how-relevant-this-is-today!!!!

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28 January 2018 at 6:20 pm

Coco

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No, YOU’VE got something in your eye…

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28 January 2018 at 3:20 pm

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