The Shape of Water (2017) Film Review

Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and Zelda (Octavia Spencer) clean at night at a secret science lab. Elisa is mute, but finds a connection with a water creature that has been brought in to be experimented on. However, the evil governmental powers can’t see any value in this creature (just as they see no value in anyone who is not white or male) and it is up to Elisa and her few friends to try to save him.

It is a stunning film, with many extremely beautiful sequences, mixed with some absolute horror. Just realising now that it is Guilermo del Toro makes so much sense, as this has the real fairy tale/magical realism/beauty and horror of Pan’s Labyrinth which I also love. I’ve been meaning to watch this for so long, and I hope I get the chance in the future to see this on a big screen, preferably at a summer outdoor cinema screening.

The Shape of Water won Oscars for Best Achievement in Directing (Guilermo del Toro), Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) and Best Achievement in Production Design and was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sally Hawkins), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard Jenkins), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer), Best Original Screenplay (Guillermo del Torro, Vanessa Taylor), Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Sounds Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and Best Achievement in Film Editing.

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