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.
Guillermo Del Toro does it again. Inspired by the creature from the black lagoon 'The Shape of Water' teaches us what is means to be human, and how it feels to be treated as less than.
The color palette is fire, the actors all kill it, & Michael Shannon is terrifying. This movie is pulpy & delicious.
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.
I love this movie. It clearly demonstrates how dark the human ego can be especially in males. And yet we see a woman who is deaf/mute who is not just empathetic towards others, she is obviously an open person who does not judge others by what she sees,
This would be a good lesson for many these days.
The premise can be weird for some but once the movie gets going in you're in for the ride. It's charming and really has a unique style that fits the characters and the time frame it takes place in. No it's not abe sapien from hellboy although we wished it was *sigh*
A pleasant film but beyond what I thought it would be about. Visually the movie has a great atmosphere and the sub-human character is stunning. I really liked the film, but don't expect it to be a picture about monsters.