The Shape of Water

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date:
December 8, 2017 - Toronto
December 15, 2017 - Vancouver, Montréal
December 22, 2017 - Expands
Digital: February 27, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: March 13, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.65
based on 1328 votes and 301 reviews
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

Synopsis

A lonely, mute cleaner named Eliza (Sally Hawkins) has few friends, other than her co-worker, Zelda (Octavia Spencer). They both work in a hidden, high-security government laboratory.

Eliza likes to wander around the laboratory and discover what the scientists are working on. She comes across an amphibious creature kept in a small tank of water and realizes that the creature can not only communicate, but is intelligent and has emotions. 

She develops a relationship with the creature, who was captured in the Amazon before being brought to the laboratory for experimentation. When she discovers that the scientists, including Strickland (Michael Shannon), plan to kill him in order to study him, she decides it's time to help her new friend escape. 

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Official Site: foxsearchlight.com/theshapeofwater

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  • 1 star "Best picture? Really? I don't see it. Never mind that the woman loves a fish, there's not even a gradual evolution of the love story. She meets him one day and they run away together the next. I get that it's an allegory about immigration and acceptance and all that, but the movie itself still has to be good. Quirky doesn't automatically equal good. Weird for the sake of weird doesn't automatically equal good."
  • 1 star "Why is the monster basically retarded Abe Sapien? It looks like him, it eats eggs like him, it has empathic abilities like him... It just doesn´t talk. What an "originality"!"
  • 1 star "Del Toro - the master of plotholes and weirdness! :D"