4 Oscars: Best film, director, production design, music
3 BAFTAs: Best director, production design, music
2 Golden Globes: Best director, music
Guillermo del Toro proves himself once again to be a most original and craftful master storyteller. An absolutely wonderful tale of boundless love. With a touch of Amelie – a dark touch.
Fantastic director Guillermo Del Toro clearly put everything he had into this wonderful monster movie/romance, from a beautiful, labyrinthian visual scheme to a powerful story of love and empathy.
Common sense Media
…is director Guillermo del Toro’s finest film, a lovely, empathetic tribute to Old Hollywood, monster movies, outsiders and love that could only come from the mind of the visionary filmmaker.
…elegantly blends whimsical fairy tale with a fresh spin on classic monster movies for a delightful experience.
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.
The direction, acting, set design, music and editing are all top. But what stays with you is that, on paper, this must have read like a 50s sci-fi drive-in movie or a scene out of Men in Black (mute chick falls in love with alien). But del Toro has made this something special, and fragile. The subplots of unrequited love, and exhausting love, misunderstood love – this is a true story of love.
The Shape of Water is a film made with intense hope. A film where a mute woman and an Amphibian Man can be in love, a black woman and gay man can survive, and a Russian spy can be a hero. It’s got everything we need nowadays to not give up on the things we believe in. It’s somehow magical and real.
UK 2017, 123 min, rated R16 (violence, horror, sex scenes & offensive language)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones & Michael Stuhlbarg