This was SUCH an interesting and delightfully odd film. If you love del Toro or quirky/unique movies then you must give The Shape of Water a chance. Sally Hawkins is downright incredible and deserves an Oscar nod for keeping the film together without uttering a single line of dialogue for nearly the entire run time. The makeup, cinematography, and score are all utterly mesmerizing and combine for a wonderful experience. Definitely watch it!
This film isn't for everyone. For those who say they didn't care about the main character and the creature, it's an allegory. You don't have to. Visually stunning and tight storytelling throughout the entire film. The ending gives the entire film its meaning and message. But again, if you take the film literally and conventionally, you will be disappointed. But if you see its poetry and intent, you will be deeply moved.
Fantastic director Guillermo Del Toro clearly put everything he had into this wonderful monster movie/romance, from a beautiful, labyrinthian visual scheme to a powerful story of love and empathy. Very different from any other movie presently out, and very refreshing.
It’s an utterly lovely, complacent movie. Dreamy.
Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth and now this are his best. Nice throwback here. His exhibit at the AGO is also really good, especially the Rain Room.
Loved it and will be seeing it again.
There's no sense trying to analyze how he does it. Just dive into the experience. There's magic in it.
“The Shape of Water” is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful. Guillermo del Toro, the writer and director, is a passionate genre geek. Sometimes his enthusiasm can get the better of his discipline, producing misshapen (but never completely uninteresting) movies like “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak.” At his best, though — in “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and now, at last, again — he fuses a fan’s ardor with a romantic sensibility that is startling in its sincerity. He draws on old movies, comic books, mythic archetypes and his own restless visual imagination to create movies that seem less made than discovered, as if he had plucked them from the cultural ether and given them color, voice and form.
5 NNNNN's in now, 4.5 in the Star, 7 GG noms, 2 Sag noms, 14 Critic's choice noms but some omelette here has nothing better to do than post 50 one star reviews - like anyone believes the movie is one star!!! Get a grip.
Silly and predictable ..... really? You've seen anything like this before?!
"Trip to the bathroom" to change your diaper?
"Please waste your money" - loser reviewer/overposter. The movie is not one star, it's actually excellent.
You have no wife. You're the same loser that keeps posting the one star reviews, for your own twisted reason. Too much time on your hands.
My wife and I walked out
I enjoyed this movie!! Intriguing, suspenseful and until you "get" the ending of the movie do you understand the Psychological and sensual attraction between "beauty and the beast"....
Just so tasteless and predictable. Trip to the bathroom during movie was best part.
Was such a snoozer, and so silly and predictable. Can't figure out the hype. Don't waste your money.
Guillermo del Toro’s lyrical new movie draws upon classic horror-film imagery but utterly subverts the themes and tones of the old movies, focusing on different elements within the frame and letting us consider the humanity of the monster. It’s a fable, but like Pan’s Labyrinth, it’s a fable with teeth.
AWESOME MOVIE!! LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!! GDT ROCKS IT AGAIN!!
Another cool "monster" under Doug Jones' belt! This guy is fantastic, he should be more recognized.
Delightful in every aspect.
Guillermo del Toro's style of storytelling is so nice. Pan's Labyrinth may still be my favourite by him but this story/movie is also really good. All of the actors were good as well. It's an interesting movie that takes you away for a little while, very fantastical and super visual. Can be a little violent at times, all of his films are, but this just adds to the fun, in my opinion.
I loved this movie!!! One of the best of 2017 by far. Almost old style movie making its approach and a nifty little story made magical by the special effects and topic.
Visually interesting movie! Storyline not very imaginative. Dark, violent undertones! Moves along slowly. There are far more enjoyable movies out there!
Gdt at his worst
GDT at his best!
All sugar water here. A placebo movie. Miss it!
A very imaginative and suspenseful film. Great artistic work. It appears that one very young and uneducated viewer has chosen to "pan" this film by entering dozens of negative reviews. Notice his/her grammar, word choice and use of expletives etc. There should be a way to prevent people from entering more than one or two reviews. What a hateful person! Ignore these reviews. Go see this movie. You will be enchanted. Instead of an R rating, this movie should have been rated IQ 100 or more to keep insensitive dummies out of the theater.
Waterlogged and overbaked. It sucks.
Creature from the black lagoon meets Linda Lovelace. Wish I would have gone to a different show.
Loved it as much as Pan's Labyrinth. .
I liked this movie a lot but as much as Pan's Labyrinth. That's still better.
Hollywood pandering to the masses in such a wonderful way!! Great job here!
PERFECT!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!
Out of this world excellent! Literally!
Alexandre Desplat's score knocks it out of the park here. Though all the elements are good, acting, make-up, story - the score is a real standout. A very unusual film to say the least. We didn't know what to expect going in and were pleasantly surprised. Not a film I would normally venture out to see. Octavia Spencer was also really funny. Sally Hawkins was good too, have only seen her maybe once before.
Why are all the positive reviews the same people? It was boring
Why do all of the one star reviews here sound like the same person submitting the review? Are there points being rewarded or something? I watched it yesterday, and though it's not a perfect film (not many are), I really enjoyed it. I like Del Toro's style and visuals. It's not for everyone, clearly, but it's not a bad movie by any means.
7 GG noms is a good indicator, poor dear. No one is saying it's the only indicator. A movie should be made out of your bitterness. A dark comedy, no doubt.