Set during the Cold War, Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous, otherworldly fairy tale stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon.
In a work that shares the soulfulness of his Pan’s Labyrinth, writer-director Guillermo del Toro crafts a grown-up fairy tale set in an amber-glowing 1962 Baltimore. Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a timid lonely heart mopping floors in a government lab, encounters a magical “asset” being studied and tortured by an obsessive federal agent (a superb Michael Shannon). The intensity of her connection to this “beast” changes her life. The brilliant ensemble includes Richard Jenkins, playing Elisa’s artist/neighbor, and Octavia Spencer as her no-nonsense work buddy. Within this richly detailed wondrous world, del Toro magically weaves elements of horror, fairy-tale romance and sharp Cold War satire to unforgettable effect. (U.S.-Mexico, 2017, 2h) Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
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