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 movie was listed as Best Picture of the Year. I had wanted to see it was hesitant due to some of the trailers. Finally used one of my Rewards Certificates to purchase this movie. It was very different and captivating. I wasn't sure that my husband would care for it but it wrapped him up into the movie as well. A different love story, full of action, deceit, and courage. A few spots of nudity but overall it was a good movie with heart.
I saw this movie on TV one night and really liked it. So I wanted to own it. I ordered it on Blu-ray/DVD combo. It is just as good on the second and third viewings.For me, it is a romantic Sci-Fi/Horror political commentary on how we treat beings and minorities that are different from those who are in power. The movie is both entertaining and sad at times.
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.
The movie is strange. There is no denying that. However, the subjects the movie tackles are also undeniable. The film is fantastic, a must watch. As for the 4K, the movie looks amazing. This film goes with HDR only, no Dolby vision, and I think it's a great choice. The movie feels classic and the colors are muted on purpose. It is one of the best looking movies I own.
P.s. The large 1.85:1 aspect ratio that fills so much of the screen is amazing. I love larger aspect ratios, especially for films that look this good.
What a wonderfully written story. At it's core it is a transcending love story that also involves secret government experiments, bad guys and good guys and a great ending. Well cast and performed this is a great addition to anyone's movie collection.