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This movie looked great, but the plot needed some work.
An instant classic! Will be looked back on and studied for years to come!
Original but weirdly boring. The fact This film is a best picture winner makes me heavily criticize the Academy.
Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), who was found abandoned as a child by the side of a river with wounds on her neck, is mute and communicates through sign language. She works as a cleaner at a secret government laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962, at the height of the Cold War. Her only friends are her closeted next-door neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), a middle-aged struggling advertising illustrator, and her co-worker Zelda Fuller.The facility receives a mysterious life-form captured from the Amazon River by Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), who is in charge of the project to study it. Believing it is just a wild beast, Strickland treats it brutally, repeatedly shocking it with his electric cattle prod. Curious about the creature, Elisa discovers it is a male humanoid amphibian. She begins visiting him in secret and the two form a close bond as she teaches him sign language, gives him food, and plays music for him. Seeking to exploit the Amphibian Man for an American advantage in the space race, General Frank Hoyt is eventually persuaded by Strickland to vivisect it. One scientist, Robert Hoffstetler — who is really a Soviet spy named Dimitri Mosenkov — pleads unsuccessfully to keep the Amphibian Man alive for further study and, at the same time, is ordered by his Soviet handlers to euthanize the creature. When Elisa overhears the American plans for the Amphibian Man, she persuades Giles to help her liberate him...
Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus reads, "The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best—and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance." Ben Croll of IndieWire gave the film an 'A' rating and called it "one of del Toro's most stunningly successful works... also a powerful vision of a creative master feeling totally, joyously free." Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising Hawkins's performance, the cinematography and del Toro's direction, and saying: "Even as the film plunges into torment and tragedy, the core relationship between these two unlikely lovers holds us in thrall. Del Toro is a world-class film artist. There's no sense trying to analyze how he does it." Conversely, Rex Reed of the New York Observer gave the film 1 out of 4 stars and calling it "a loopy, lunkheaded load of drivel" and, referring to Hawkins's role in Maudie, described people with disabilities as "defective creatures." Reed's review was criticized and ridiculed for referring to Sally Hawkins' mute character as "mentally handicapped" and for erroneously crediting actor Benicio del Toro as the film's director.
"The Shape of Water" is a nice fantasy/fairy-tale from the always intriguing director Guillermo del Toro. The mix of drama, horror and comedy blends in a fine way. del Toro has the ability to create genuine and stunningly beautiful films that mesmerize you visually. And the same goes for "The Shape of Water". Sally Hawkins put on a great performance as Elisa, showing all the skills she has as an actress to portray this frail and lone woman that longs for love. Hard to not give massive credit to Doug Jones as the Amphibian Man. Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon are always safe bets as they will always put in their best in their roles, big or small. "The Shape of Water" is of course a version of "Beauty and The Beast" that grips you emotionally, but yes I can critizise that it has a very stereotypical character set up and there´s predictibility in the storyline. But, that doesn´t take away the fact that "The Shape of Water" is still a pretty ok film.
Trivia: "The Shape of Water" received critical acclaim with praise for the acting, screenplay, direction, visuals, production design, and musical score, with many calling the film Del Toro's best work since Pan's Labyrinth; the American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year. "The Shape of Water" received a number of awards and nominations, including thirteen nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, where it won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.
A masterful work by Guillermo del Toro, arguably his most complete film to date. It blends great story telling with the fantastic visuals and creativity we are used to from him. This film comes highly recommended!
One of the best romantic movie ever
Enjoyed this film and the dynamic of the main characters. The actors were all phenomenal. It really seemed like a modern day fairy tale.
The Shape of Water is superb—a dreamy love story that is two hours of visually sumptuous bliss. (Be aware, though: NOT for the kiddies. It has very adult themes, sex and violence.)
So this is what passes for the best movie of the year? It was filled with vulgar sex! Nothing redeeming in this movie!
Hard to say which aspect of the film is the best as both the work from Guillermo and the performance by Sally Hawkins are tied as just as amazing. The story captivates you from the very beggining making you understand what both Elisa and the Amphibian Man are going trough and why they deserve to be together. Very worth watching and highly recommended.