The Shape of Water is the Sexy Fish Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

I’m just going to get right down to it. The Shape of Water has everything you could want in a fairy tale-esque, horror-adjacent film about a sexy fish man falling in love with a mute human woman.

The Shape of Water

Set in the early 1960’s, The Shape of Water is the weird yet oddly charming tale of Elisa, a cleaner at a high-security government facility. Elisa lives a relatively lonely life until she meets the merman that is being held in the facility. What unfolds over the 123 minute film is a love story between these two outsiders who find comfort in each other.

Guillermo del Toro is a master at what he does. The Shape of Water stands as continued proof of his unique genius. He challenges the audience to think outside the box and question the world around them. In the opening scene of the film a voiceover sets up the story and mentions “the monster” that almost tore two people apart. It’s the idea of what it means to be a monster that really propels the film forward.

The Shape of Water

However, it’s safe to say that del Toro’s vision would have fallen flat without this stellar cast. Sally Hawkins brings an Amelie like whimsy to the sad Elisa, while Octavia Spencer breaths life into the film as Zelda, Elisa’s co-worker and friend. Doug Jones manages, once again, to act beyond his makeup as the Amphibian Man. And, Michael Shannon delivers a haunting performance as the head of the government facility.

I don’t think that The Shape of Water will resonate with every audience, but like Pan’s Labyrinth it will have a loyal following. The film is beautiful and the story is a story worth experiencing.

 

Is The Shape of Water Worth Spending The Price of a Ticket?

Yes

 

Tipsy Recommendation:

Go see it and enter the dark, whimsical mind of Guillermo Del Toro. Probably best to leave the kids at home. I only mention this because there was a mother and her two school aged children at the screening I attended and the kids seemed a bit uncomfortable with the nudity (which is the start of a different conversation about society and nudity, but let’s save that for another day).

 

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