A mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) working in a secret U.S. government lab in 1962 befriends an otherworldly, aquatic creature (Doug Jones) who's being held there against its will. In time, she and her friends decide to help it escape from captivity, even if it means risking the wrath of a ruthless G-man (Michael Shannon). Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer co-star. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth).~Jack Rodgers
An alien creature has been caught by the government and being mistreated. The Russians are trying to steal the information. A blue collar worker falls in love with the creature and is able to communicate with it. Excellent movie premise with an excellent storyline and excellent actors and actresses. A five star production.
I have to say, I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this movie. I ended up loving it, its so weird and quirky. It's beautifully put together and will keep you entranced throughout the whole movie. Definitely recommend buying.
The photography of the film is really amazing because you feel like it's filmed underwater and in many cases it is not. The acting is outstanding especially by Sally Hawkins who plays a mute. She is incredible as is Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins. The story is so unusual. The film covers all the emotions, drama, heartbreak, laughter, and redemption. I definitely recommend this film.
Guillermo del Toro is today’s master of fantasy, having been a childhood lover of monsters growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, before making some of the finest films of recent years -- from the ghostly horror of “The Devil’s Backbone” in 2001 to his gothic horror/romance, “Crimson Peak” in 2015. Indubitably, however, his greatest film is “Pan’s Labyrinth”, the 2006 film many of us consider the finest fantasy film ever made. Now he’s broken new ground with “The Shape of Water”, one of the year’s most beautiful films. Set in Baltimore in the year 1962 at the height of the Cold War, the plot follows a mute janitor at a secret government laboratory who forms a bond with a captured amphibian of the “Creature of the Black Lagoon” variety. Her name is Elisa, and Sally Hawkins plays her with an artistry that seems to reach back to the silent days of Chaplin and Keaton. Michael Shannon, with devoted viciousness, plays the right-wing Colonel Strickland, someone more interested in dissecting the creature for exploitation purposes than he is concerned over the space race with the Soviets. Del Toro saw “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” on TV at 7 years old and it changed his life. Wishing a different ending for it in which the Gill Man and co-star Julie Adams would consummate their romance and live ‘happily ever after’, he wrote various scripts of a remake through the years that Universal studio executives wound up rejecting. “The Shape of Water” is the result of del Toro’s dream, and now today, with more permissive filmmaking allowable, he’s able to deal with the previously verboten issue between fish and human. The resulting film is a worthy accomplishment not only for its production design (embodying various shades of green) and its special effects, but also for attaining the level of a genuine adult fairy tale that deals with issues of trust, tolerance, and love in the human condition -- but most of all what it’s like to be an outsider (whether a lonely mute woman, gay man, overweight black woman, or an amphibious sea creature). “This is a healing movie for me,” del Toro states; one likes to think it would be for viewers as well.
if you know him as a person and as a director you already know he puts his love and his heart in all of his projects!
this is just about a creature found somewhere in an amazon brought to the US where the military plans to dissect it in order to get some of its abilities and out them on their soldiers
it probably may sound cheesy but its executed in a good way
be wary tho this thing has a lot of explicit sexual stuff
Didn’t know whether to buy the 4K version or the regular Blu-ray, but honestly, the regular Blu-ray was perfect. Comes with a digital copy and, maybe my 4K Blu-ray player helps the regular Blu-ray Disc look sharper, not sure but worth buying on sale.
If you like science fiction and saw Creature from the Black Lagoon, this story may appeal to you.
The scenery and photography really set the tone. The love story is believable, but whether the subject matter will appeal to you will depend on your perspective.
I rather liked it, but it may not be your cup of tea.
If you haven't seen any of the films of Guillermo del Toro, you've done yourself a disservice. Buy this now, and all his others: I highly recommend Pan's Labyrinth. And his Hellboy films...and the director's cut of Mimic...and, well, All his films.