Dir: Guillermo del Toro, 2017, USA, 123 mins, Cert: 15
Sun 18 March // 17:00 *
Mon 19 March // 20:00
Tue 20 March // 20:00
Wed 21 March // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession / * cheap night)
Guillermo del Toro (PAN'S LABYRINTH) latest otherworldy fable is set against the backdrop of Cold War America, circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment; a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank.
Intertwining sci-fi, horror and gothic romance to spellbinding effect, del Toro’s singular vision is enhanced by Dan Laustsen’s (Crimson Peak) vivid cinematography and Alexandre Desplat’s hypnotic score, which runs the gamut from high-wire thrills to the stirringly romantic. Hawkins, always the most empathetic of actors, is a marvel and she ensures that Elisa’s fierce desire to fight for what’s right never eclipses her sense of innocence. Love takes many shape-shifting forms and this intoxicating film is a pure celebration of tolerance and human connection.
***** "a reminder of what it is to fall in love with cinema." Cinevue
***** "Del Toro's finest work, simply magnificent" Little White Lies
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