The Shape of Water is a fantasy drama set in a 1960s high-security government laboratory where Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a cleaner.
Elisa and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment in the form of a man-meets-fish like creature from the South American river. Elisa starts up a relationship with the creature and the two develop a loving bond.
The Soviet’s want the creature, while the Americans want to dissect it in an effort to win the Space Race. So, Elisa has to convince her neighbour and Zelda to help her in the rescue mission.
The film is a little slow to start, but it’s beautiful to watch and you’ll soon be swept up in the storyline. The green shade seems to be a little overcooked in parts.
Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. Winner of 2 Golden Globes, best director and best original score.
The Shape of Water is an award-winning fairy tale packed with Guillermo del Toro’s signature touches. It’s well worth streaming if you missed it in the cinema.
About The Shape of Water
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Dan Laustsen
Edited by Sidney Wolinsky
Production companies TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures