Overall Rank: 598
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 53
Theatrical Release Date: 12/22/2017
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/13/2018
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Actors: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones
Plot: Set against the backdrop of the Cold War - Elisa works in a highly classified and isolated secret government facility. Her days are as cold and lonely as the place she works but everything changes when she and her co-worker, Zelda, uncover secret classified experiment. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/28/2019
Imanginitive, funny, sumptuous, and surprisingly complex, Guillermo del Toro's latest stroke of genius is one of many that proves the filmmaker as the master of modern monster movies.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/16/2018
A love story that could only come from Guillermo del Toro. A deft mix of fantasy, drama and romance with a fantastic lead in Sally Hawkins, with likewise excellent performances from Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg. It can get a bit weird, but overall del Toro once again proves he is the master of fantasy.
Indyfreak - wrote on 04/14/2018
"The Shape of Water" is a whimsical and wondrously filmed mixture of romance, fantasy, science fiction, and a slight dash of Del Toro's plain old weirdness.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/02/2020
A young woman living a lonely existence as a janitor in a military research facility forms an unlikely bond with one of its specimens – an aquatic humanoid suffering terrible treatment at the hands of its captors.
Guillermo Del Toro has made a career as a purveyor of Gothic fairytales that blend fantasy with the macabre, and here he turns his hand to the genre of romance with a similarly offbeat twist. It’s a film that although derivative, wears its influences on its sleeve and uses them with flair and invention. The films of Jean Jeunet are an obvious starting point, it sharing a similar visual style and the plot could be described as “Amelie falls for The Creature From The Black Lagoon”. But it would be just as accurate to describe it as “Splash! reinvented by the Coen …
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 03/31/2018
“The natives in the Amazon worshipped it.
Like a god.
We need to take it apart, learn how it works.”
I’ve watched this movie the night before the Oscar ceremony, because I could feel it in my bones this film would possibly win that coveted statuette. Initially, I didn’t want to post my opinion about this winner. But as I had partially written down my opinion, I thought I would smooth off the rough edges and post it anyway. To be honest, I’m not part of the great crowd of admirers of “The shape of water“. Even though I was looking forward to it with great expectations and knew it was a creation made by Guillermo del Toro (I appreciated his previous films) I was only moderately enthusiastic about it. In the end I stayed behind with a “that’s it ?” feeling. Why the …
cacb3995 - wrote on 01/17/2018
I’ve seen Guillermo del Toro’s latest phantasy drama, cold war era period piece, interspecies romance: a delightful celebration of love in and of itself. Emerging as an early Oscar frontrunner, the film tells the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who works at a government’s facility as a cleaning lady in the early 1960s. She discovers that in the facilities a marine creature (Doug Jones) of an unknown species is being held captive. Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) pretends to dissect this creature in order to gain favour from his superiors, something that Elisa isn’t willing to let happen.
Del Toro moves away from the mecha-kaiju spectacle to the territory in which he operates best, and that is a fantasy drama that is sweet and deeply personal. His …
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