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Blu-ray & DVD Review Round-Up: THE SHAPE OF WATER, LADY BIRD, THE PIANO & More - Movies In Focus
This time around: The Shape Of Water fails to make a splash, Saoirse Ronan shines in Lady Bird, Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars hits the right notes, Evan Rachel Wood gets creepy in Allure, The Piano turns 25 and Jim Carrey does Scandi Noir in Dark Crimes. Blu-ray review: The Shape Of Water Guillermo del Toro’s multi award-winning romantic fantasy, The Shape Of Water has a little bit of the Emperor’s New Clothes about it. Yes, it’s a handsomely produced film with a lovely score from Alexandre Desplat but (deep breath) it’s nothing special. Michael Shanon is a standard man in black villain and Sally Hawkin’s mute lead is a little too cutesy to captivate. The main thrust of del Toro’s cold war era pic is about inclusion and it’s very much on-the-nose, with Doug Jones’ fish-man being the main metaphor. Throw in how characters deal with race and sexuality and it’s very much a 21st Century look as how we should treat each other. Special Features A selection of so-so behind-the-scenes extras didn’t flow this reviewer’s boat. Blu-ray review: Lady Bird Greta Gerwig became a force to be reckoned with as a writer-director and a millennial auteur with this [...]