10 Amazing Films From Directors Who Stopped Giving A Damn
10. Guillermo Del Toro - The Shape Of Water
You'd be forgiven for thinking a film that just cleaned up at the Oscars, scooping the statuettes for Best Picture and Best Director, wouldn't necessarily be something all that bold and unconventional, given how risk-averse the Academy Awards have tended to be over the years.
In this instance, however, you'd be dead wrong. The Shape of Water was an intensely personal effort for director, producer and co-writer Guillermo del Toro; and as an independent production made for less than $20 million, it was something of a change in direction after del Toro's big budget studio productions Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak didn't have the anticipated impact.
In light of its awards-season success, it's easy to forget that The Shape of Water wasn't necessarily an easy sell. It's an adults only fairy tale, blending elements of a cold war thriller with hints of classic musical, all of it centred on the love story between a mute cleaning lady and an amphibian monster man.
It takes some guts to give Oscars to a movie that features inter-species sexuality at its heart, but it takes even greater guts to make that movie in the first place. Bravo, Mr del Toro.