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.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

One of Del Toro's best, with the theme of water and "otherness" creating dream-like sequences. Sally Hawkins is wonderful as the overlooked mute cleaner who has the internal strength to explore exactly what's been shackled inside the lab. The scenery and acting is pitch-perfect at capturing the 1962 era of conformity, repressed sexuality, military paranoia and desperate attempts to outrace the Russians, and homophobia, misogyny, and racism, counterbalanced by friendships, love, and courage.

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Tilapia
Jun 17, 2018

Brilliantly written and performed. I loved it. An interesting reflection of our 'amazing' society.

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atfrancis
Jun 13, 2018

A fairy tale with a moral.

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jim41752
Jun 13, 2018

How this thing even got nominated for an Oscar--much less winning one--is astonishing. Most of the acting is wooden. The story logic is all fouled up. For example, when she rescues the creature (I assume he originally was from the black lagoon), she hides him out in her apartment, waiting, mysteriously, for the tide to rise. Excuse me, but she is just a few blocks from the friggin shoreline. She could have just driven him down to the beach straightaway, and he could have sauntered into the surf.

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richibi
Jun 10, 2018

amazing production values, but the story is not only preposterous, it's offensive, revolting, bestiality is not at all right, not even as metaphor

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dlvanhowe
Jun 08, 2018

Enjoyable adult remake of Ron Howard's Splash. I see someone else already tagged it as a similar movie.

neyoscribbles Jun 05, 2018

A quintessential Guillermo del Toro film filled with rich but subdued cinematography and complex characters. Although the creature looks unbelievably human (for empathetic purposes?) the inability to relate to the "Otherness" is a significantly deeper issue, especially with the way humans are constantly de-humanized based solely on their differences. A sense of belonging is so innate to our social selves that one would go to any limit once such a connection has been formed. This is precisely why the ambiguous but familiar love story that torments you emotionally is delivered so well because you are conditioned to physically feel the sense of freedom at the end of it all.

Also, a great cast and Sally Hawkins' performance was tortuously wonderful, that you are almost forced to root for such an unworldly love story.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 04, 2018

After just a few minutes into this film, like "Pan's Labyrinth," I figured out that it was really about authoritarianism and racism. "Pan" was about Franco's fascism and this film was about American authoritarianism. I'm not certain that it was made before or after Guillermo del Toro determined that America would be dominated by Trump, so maybe it was about Pre-Trump tendencies in America. Once the authorities learn that the creature is human-like, they don't care because it isn't from America's dominant tribe (white), and so they are willing to kill it. The general is very much like Trump in that he's the boss and he says who wins and who loses.

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wildct2003
Jun 02, 2018

A version of Beauty and the Beast. For adult audiences.

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jimg2000
May 28, 2018

Highly creative adult love story. About time that a non-glamorous disabled woman has her fantasy. Why should only the boys, men and younger women have all the fun? Three cheers for the twists that made the film a mashup of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Area 51" romantic sci-fi thriller.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

Other: Racism, misogyny, and homophobia.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

Violence: Bitten-off fingers; deliberate torture with a stun gun; death threats; murders.

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Lucik32
Apr 26, 2018

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

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

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

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Sexual Content: a few depictions of intercourse and masturbation

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Violence: cattle prodding and a harsh gunshot scene

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Lucik32
Apr 30, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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humbleworm
Feb 15, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jimg2000
May 28, 2018

54 quotes in IMDb already (thanks to the contributors.) However, some of the best quotes are silent signs. You just have to watch them, like this one:

Zelda: [Elisa looks noticeably happier] Why you smilin', hon? Well stop lookin' like that. What happened?

[Elisa shakes her head to say "nothing"]

Zelda: Why? How? How? Does he - have a...?

[Elisa nods and uses her hands to describe what the Amphibian Man's penis looks like]

Zelda: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

[pause]

Zelda: Lor'...! Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there.

[laughs]

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MichelleinBallard
Apr 29, 2018

"Decent?

"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."

-Character of General Hoyt

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