The Shape of Water Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 770

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 65

Theatrical Release Date: 12/22/2017

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/13/2018

Language: English

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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Matthew Brady - wrote on 12/03/2022

"If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love? I'm sure that's true. But when I think of her - of Elisa - the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love, hundreds of years ago: "Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere."

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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.

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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.

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Sea Monkeys come to the big screen

Andulamb - wrote on 10/02/2020

At the height of the U.S.-Soviet space race, the U.S. sends its biggest creep to South America to kidnap the King of the Sea Monkeys. You see, the Sea Monkey King has both gills and lungs and therefore holds the secret to-- space travel?!? The SMK is befriended by a mute cleaning woman whose scars are the result of an unexplained vocal-cord-severing incident that occurred when she was an infant, that for some reason involved six parallel incisions, three on either side of her neck, and which isn't worth mentioning except to stop anyone from wondering if they're gills. The government decides to dissect the SMK because that's what you do with an irreplaceable scientific marvel in the movies. The gill-less cleaning woman hatches a cunning one-step plan to rescue the doomed SMK: break into …

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"The Shape Of Water" by Yojimbo

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 …

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"Free Willy" for adults this time.

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 …

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