From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly 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.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
When Giles drives his truck up to the underground security gate, the security guard on duty has his radio tuned to John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech to the nation, announcing the discovery that the Soviet Union is building nuclear missile sites in Cuba. This is actually an error in dates. According to Elisa's calendar, the events of the film take place between September 18 and October 9, 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis began October 16, 1962, when Kennedy was shown photos taken by a U-2 spy plane showing the missile sites in Cuba. Kennedy gave his address to the nation on October 22, 1962. See 'Goofs.' See more »
When Elisa brings her portable record player to the creature, she has two albums of big-band swing, a Benny Goodman LP on Columbia and a Glenn Miller album. The Goodman LP has the correct Columbia label for the film's 1962 setting but the Miller album, which is shown on her turntable, has a green label. Miller's record company, RCA Victor, used black labels for its popular releases. See more »
If I spoke about it - if I did - what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince's reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don't know... Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to ...
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I went into this movie with an open mind, assuming it was going to be good but not great.
In short, a fish monster and a mute cleaner form a romantic attachment, and the plot thickens.... (I wish)
It was just obvious, painstakingly obvious. No real twists, far fetched plot, one dimensional bad guy etc etc etc
I felt physically angry that GDT had made such an average movie, especially judging his previous works.
It's not awful, and maybe you'll love it like half the population do - it just feels sadly average, like I've seen a million times before. 5/10
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