Unlimited members were recently treated to an advance screening of The Shape of Water. Guillermo del Toro's lavishly staged fantasy romance is the story of mute janitor Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her tender relationship with an imprisoned aquatic sea creature (Doug Jones).
It leads the pack at this year's Oscars with 13 nominations, including Best Picture and Director, and has wowed the critics, so what did Unlimited make of it? We'll start with this from Cheltenham Cinematic who grace the movie with a five star response.
#TheShapeOfWater, such a wonderful adult fantasy fairytale, beautiful, shocking, & magical in a way only #GuillermoDelToro does so well. Another fine #UnlimitedScreening from @cineworld, I will look forward to watching this again on general release in 2 weeks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️— Cheltenham Cinematic (@CheltCinematic) January 30, 2018
CarltheKaka is tipping the movie for Oscar success.
It was incredible. Very moving and uplifting. Had tears in my eyes at the end. I can see why it’s so heavily nominated at the Oscars. A charming love story and a fantastic film to watch. Thank you for the screening. #cineworldunlimited— CarltheKaka (@CarlRoberts2) January 30, 2018
Dallas King praises the performances of the actors.
The Shape of Water? More like The Shape of Oscars! One of the most beautiful, moving (and adult) fairy tales ever seen on the Silver Screen with superb performances all round.— Dallas King (@ChampCelluloid) January 30, 2018
Willdoesmovies says he found the aesthetic of the movie utterly enchanting – well, what else do we expect from del Toro?
Absolutely fantastic. Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon were fantastic. The cinematography was perfect,the screenplay was brilliant, even the soundtrack was amazing. The 50's aesthetic really set an interesting tone for the movie, and it works. 9/10— willdoesmovies (@bigflyingsheep) January 31, 2018
Here's another five star review, this time from Mark.
Loved it. My favourite movie of the last 12 months. Hell of a cast, great fairy tale, great effects, visually stunning... everything I could ask for in a movie and more. Great choice @cineworld 5*— Mark (@MarquisRainbow) January 30, 2018
Liz says that the highly emotional storyline means tissues are needed...
I loved every aspect. Beautiful shot, amazing use of music, brilliantly acted and a fascinating story. My eyes were stinging with tears at the end. I can see why it's getting the award nominations!— Liz Emery (@Lizemery) January 30, 2018
And the appropriately named RainyDayLass1989 concludes with praise for Sally Hawkins.
An amazing end to a great month of film! Fantastical, scary, sad, fantastic cinematography and amazing performances - especially from Sally Hawkins, who says so much without saying so much. And is still so ADORABLE.— RainyDayLass1989 (@MuddyWelliesGal) January 30, 2018
Negatives? Sam Crosby-Browne says the script doesn't quite live up to the visuals, although he too praises the acting.
Del Torro nearly crashes a well directed piece with his own disappointing screenplay. Awkward. Solid performances from all involved and fantastic tone and world creation by cinematography, score & production design.— Sam Crosby-Browne (@crosbybrowne) January 30, 2018
And another Sam says she was left feeling rather bemused by the film's mixture of genres.
Not a film I would typically come and see so a bit out of the norm for me, some beautiful moments but also some very weird moments, thought it was trying quite hard to be different. Not entirely sure what I think about it still #TheShapeOfTheWater #unlimited— Sam Crossley (@lilsamcharliebo) January 30, 2018
Can't wait to see the movie? Good news, as booking is now open. Click here to book your tickets for The Shape of Water, which is released on 16th February.
Also don't forget about your next Unlimited screening: watch the Oscar nominated Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, showing in advance on 6th February.