The Shape of Water

February 13th, 2018


The Shape of Water

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 7.6/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy, Stewart Arnott, Nigel Bennett, Lauren Lee Smith, Martin Roach, Allegra Fulton, John Kapelos, Morgan Kelly, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sally Hawkins - Elisa Esposito
Michael Shannon - Strickland
Richard Jenkins - Giles
Octavia Spencer - Zelda
Michael Stuhlbarg - Mr. Robert Hoffstetler
Doug Jones - Amphibian Man
David Hewlett - Fleming
Nick Searcy - General Hoyt
Stewart Arnott - Bernard
Nigel Bennett - Mihalkov
Lauren Lee Smith - Elaine Strickland
Martin Roach - Brewster Fuller
Allegra Fulton - Yolanda
John Kapelos - Mr. Arzoumanian
Morgan Kelly - Pie Guy

Taglines: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times


Official Website: Fox Searchlight | Official Facebook |

Country: USA

Language: English, American Sign Language, Russian

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,400,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

It took over nine months to arrive at the look of the creature, and del Toro calls it the most difficult movie he and his team have ever designed. See more »


User Review


Rating: 2/10

This has absolutely so much going for it - beautifully filmed, with a magnificent, sweeping score and a stunning performance from Sally Hawkins - but crashes and burns in sentiment, cliché and cartoon supporting acts. It comes across, ultimately, as a cack-handed mash up of "E.T.", "Splash" and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon", as an aquatic man is captured and brought into a secret military American laboratory in the 1960s at the height of the cold war, and Sally Hawkins' mute cleaner develops a bond with it and, ultimately, falls in love.

Sounds interesting, doesn't it? It certainly has potential, but if the sassy black friend, constantly yammering on about her feckless husband (Octavia Spencer, surely tiring of this kind of role) doesn't get you, or the inefficient gay neighbour/best friend (Richard Jenkins - not his finest two hours) or Michael Shannon's cartoonish, 2D villain, then stay tuned for the ghastly black-and-white fantasy dance number, in which Hawkins and the creature cavort on an elaborate set like Astaire and Rogers. It truly is a ghastly mis-step, jaw-droppingly stupid. The film never really recovered for me, and it lumbered to its predictable climax and ending with numbing melodramatics and sentiment.


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