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Monday, January 1, 2018


Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Release Date: Dec 1, 2017
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language

Runtime: 2 hr. 3 min. 

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy


The Shape of Water is a lovely modern day fable brought to life by Guillermo del Toro.  It’s a fascinating and elegant film that’s got a hopeful sensibility running throughout its runtime.  Guillermo del Toro’s film is visually striking to look at and engaging throughout.  The story paints in broad strokes with most of the characters feeling more like types than actual people but the cast delivers strong enough performances to make it work.  Sally Hawkins is front and center throughout and she delivers a magnetic performance.  Hawkins displays an impressive ability to transmit emotions through looks and mannerisms which allows the audience to follow her characters emotional journey.  It helps that she and Doug Jones, who plays the creature, share some tangible screen chemistry, all displayed non verbally making it even more impressive.  The supporting cast is equally impressive with each leaving their signature on the film.  Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer make for a likeable pair of friends for Elisa even though both could have used a bit more depth.  Michael Stuhlbarg’s character is an interesting mixture of grey area where you don’t quite know where he stands until near the end of the film.  Michael Shannon makes for an impressive villain for the piece.  The character is a solid blend of all the negative aspects of white males in post WW2 American and as portrayed by Shannon he one of the most interesting characters in the piece.  Del toro doesn’t quite reach the heights he in did in Pan’s Labyrinth with The Shape of Water but he does deliver another vividly impressive live action fable.  



  1. I can't wait to see this! I am disappointed that it only scored a B+ but I am still hopeful that I will love it. It's been too long since a del torro season!

    1. It didn't blow me away like Pan's but it's still an excellent film, especially if you like Del Toro.


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