The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

DVD - 2018
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An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.
Publisher: [United States] :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, 2018
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Shape
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 123 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board Rating: 14A


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May 20, 2018

Five stars for the acting (especially Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon), the music, and the set design. Four stars for the story, alas. I usually love Guillermo Del Toro's films, but the plot fell flat with this one. I think I expected a less predictable ending.

LPL_TraciB May 19, 2018

I really wasn't sure what to expect because often when a movie gets a lot of hype, I'm disappointed by it. I was pleasantly surprised that this time, a movie lived up to all of the praise & awards. I wish I had seen it on the big screen, but the artist in me was still happy to watch it on my little TV. I found a lot to love about this movie. It's a suspenseful adult fairy tale that takes place in 1962, with a mute cleaning lady as the main character. And yes, she falls in love with a sea creature, but the story was done in a way that it all seemed very plausible. The actors were all excellent, as was the story. I highly recommend it.

May 15, 2018

Worthy of the accolades it has acquired so far, The Shape of Water is a heartfelt movie, as beautiful as it is strange.

May 11, 2018

Great acting by Sally Hawkins in this romantic fantasy, and beautiful music by Alexandre Desplat.

May 09, 2018

STUPID movie...

May 08, 2018

I was ready for a fish/human sex story, but instead got another wonderful Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") "fairy tale for our time." It is a fairy tale, folks. It is an incredibly touching story of love that goes beyond sex. Ignore the prudes who decry the sex part. That is only a small part of this story. Briefly, it takes place in another (other than our current) depressing time in America: the cold war AND Jim Crow segregation, in 1962. A human-like amphibian has been captured by the US government and is being held for study and experimentation. The Soviets are interested, too, and they are involved. But both sides see this creature as just a monster, not realizing or caring that it is an intelligent being. The talented British actor Sally Hawkins plays a mute (but not deaf) woman who lives alone in an apartment above an old movie house. Richard Jenkins plays her neighbor. Together they watch old movies and spend platonic time together. Both, like the creature, are alone in life. The story revolves around her intellectual connection with the "monster" (patterned partly on the "creature from the black lagoon" movie of the 50s) that turns to affection and love. If that sounds disgusting to you, you will most likely be as I was: wrong. Michael Shannon plays the government official, outwardly a devout, flag-waving American, but inside a sadist who is in charge of the military project to experiment on the creature. The film is the reverse of the old monster movies where the humans are the good guys and the monster the bad one. Anyway, it may not have deserved Best Film Oscar (that should have gone to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," but it surely is a beautiful film.

May 07, 2018

The Shape of Water (filmed in Toronto & Hamilton, Ontario) is interesting, entertaining and a good science fiction movie....I don't see how it won the Academy Awards for Best Picture & Best Director....These science fiction films are far superior... Them (1954), The Thing (1982), Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 & 1978 versions

May 04, 2018

I loved this! I was so happy that the Academy picked an entertaining AND beautiful film. So often they just go for good acting and beautifully shot, but you need to pinch yourself in order to keep awake around minute 87. The Shape of Water had the meaning and subtext of a master piece with all the heart and soul you could want, told by a master story teller. At times it appears to be derived from a comic book because it does ask you for suspended disbelief, but if you can allow yourself into the story, to be swept away with its poetry, I think this film will stay with you for a long time. The ending departs greatly from any formulaic cartoon and is magical.

We watched the making of this film in the extras, which I recommend, and learned the painstaking attention to detail that was taken. Much of it I could sense, like the hues of the colour of water throughout, the experience of being an outcast and feeling alone, the hope when you find a connection, etc.

The actor that plays the aqua man did an outstanding job--- no it was not animatronic folks, with a little help from CG for facial expressions, it was all human.. This guy actually specializes in this sort of character, if you can believe it. You may remember him from Pan Labyrinth as the eye hands. Superb all around.

May 01, 2018

Lots of gratuitous male bashing and predictable story right from the start.

Apr 30, 2018

Nothing more than a truly bad version of "Splash". I am completely befuddled as to how this film won Best Picture!

I thought it was a dopey, ill conceived movie that under the best of circumstances was completely unbelievable in any aspect.

Sad, lonely, mute girl (who cleans the facilities toilets) falls in love with "fish-man" (who would actually be the find of the century) that incredibly stupid government officials want to dissect to see how he works.

Nothing makes any sense. Don't expect much and you'll be fine.

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Apr 26, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, nudity and masturbation during the course of the movie.

Mar 07, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: body horror involving fingers and bullet wounds

Mar 07, 2018

Sexual Content: a few depictions of intercourse and masturbation

Mar 07, 2018

Violence: cattle prodding and a harsh gunshot scene

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Apr 30, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Feb 15, 2018

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Apr 29, 2018


"A man has the decency not to fuck up. Now that's one thing, that's real decent of him.

"But the other kind of decency, it doesn't really matter. We sell it, but it's an export. We sell it because we don't use it."

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