just another fairy tale? we should also look at a film in costume, visuals, cinematography, music, production...
Shallow film is pretty and glossy but counterfeit. This doesn't hold water.
Beautiful setting and color palate, makeup and design (hats off to the Creative team on that one!), coupled with strong characters of substance (whether you like them, identify with them, or not). The Plot, on the surface, appears to be one of forbidden love. But the story is really about seeing beyond differences, stereotypes of an ideal, or going with the norm of the time; to find oneself, to find the capacity to understand, accept and love, regardless of yourself or of the other person/people; and find that in return, not just in the girl and the creature; but for the roommate, or her co-worker, or the scientist as well. they all had an element of this in their individual character arcs.. was interesting. Also, an interesting choice for its setting to be at the end of the 50s/beginning of 60s - during a time of cold war conflict and conspiracy, but it provided a great catalyst to bringing the characters together, a purpose for their being there, and a why to their motivations as the story played out. In all, I really enjoyed the movie...Any perceived sexuality or sensuality was handled tastefully, predominantly implied vs. actually shown. Well done.
It’s sci-fi, has comedy, romance, drama, and action. It has something for everyone with an exceptional cast and directorial skills that will pull at your heartstrings and your hair. It made my heart smile!
Successfully addresses controversial subject matter.
I really enjoyed this movie....Sally Hawkins plays an amazing part. It is filmed beautifully and the attention to detail is on point.
I had no expectations for this movie. And, I really liked it! It is completely different than most movies you see these days.
The movie is a surrealistic, romantic and sometime satirical film which takes the old grade Z "creature from the black lagoon" flicks of the 50s and brings them into modern concerns (albeit in 1962 setting) and adult themes. A Cold War setting, a picture of early 60s racism and the struggles of loneliness are sub- themes that blend in well.
A beautifully unusual film. A fairy tale for adults.
Over all a good movie, but it's gets a solid 9.5 on the weirdshit-o-meter.
If Pan's Labyrinth is a nightmare, dark and overwhelming and fantastic, then The Shape of Water is a daydream. The entire film seems to float. It goes neither fast nor slow. It does not plod nor rush, and yet it somehow feels much shorter than its 2 hr run time. Although it does not shy away from violence, Shape of Water seems much less interested in the violent aspects of humanity than its predecessors. The core of this movie is really love. It is much more a romance than a horror film, more in line with Crimson Peak than say Hell Boy, Cronos, Blade, or even Pan's Labyrinth. This isn't a bad thing. It is actually quite beautiful. Del Toro, here, is sweet and thoughtful. He delves into sex in a way that he has not done before, and although there is more of it than I expected, it is always done tastefully and with purpose. It is romantic rather than a salacious movie. All in all, I loved it and could stand to see more films like it.
Creature of the Black Lagoon by way of Cinemax shot in the style of Amélie....and its good.
In general is a great movie to see, but in detail there is some weird situations :) , but well it is just a Tale
I saw "The Shape of Water" last night. It was absolutely phenomenal. I must give Sally Hawkins for playing a challenging character, who played a deaf Janitor who befriends a Gill-Man. And I also must give credit to Richard Jenkins who basically had some funny lines. I smell a potential Best Picture winner.
Guillermo del Toro's most accessible film to date. On the paper, this premise is so bizarre that, I imagine, even the most talented and imaginative filmmaker would have a hard time turning this into a watchable film. This is a story only del Toro could pull off. And he did it so brilliantly. It is a dark fairy tale, a beautiful love story, and a love letter to classic movies from the 40s and 50s. Sally Hawkins is just marvelous and her performance is what made this unusual romance work. I'm simply in awe. Loved it!
Good movie. :)
One of my Top Two films of the year! When it's over, you'll say, "What did I just see?" You'll be glad you did and you will never forget it! A love story like none other. 13 Oscar nominations, my vote for Best Picture, Director and Actress. You must see it twice!
Disturbingly Beautiful. Well what Can I say.... A love story like never seen before. Sally Hawkins needs to win an Oscar at least once in her career because the description "Outstanding" is minimal for her level. The story is absolutely beautiful, even the small hidden details about each character makes them individually unique. I just wish there was more contact between them. I wanted to see more in this infinite love story. The ending was phenomenal!!
BEST MOVIE OF 2017 - NOTHING COMES CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you like Magical Realism, this is an amazing movie. Suspend your disbelief and go in with an open mind. This movie stays with you, much as the brilliant Pan's Labyrinth by the same director (Benicio del Toro). Should get best picture and many other awards!
Best film of the year. It is part thriller, part science fiction and part romance. The cast is uniformly brilliant in bringing out the depth of feeling from the characters. The audience clapped at the end. This film was made to be seen on the big screen. I loved it.
Such an original, beautifully acted and scripted film. The entire thing is just so well done! It's a fantasy of sorts so you have to suspend reality/belief, but it is unlike anything you have ever seen and the world needs more love and kindness these days. Lovely, lovely film.
Loved it, highly recommend!
What? Is Hollywood now pushing a cross species love agenda? What’s next animal porn?
NOT TO BE MISSED! VISIONARY. A LOVE STORY LIKE NO OTHER. BRAVO!
Lovely and strange, The Shape of Water is a thoroughly unique and entrancing film, if one that could have used a little more subtlety and a little less violence. Sally Hawkins is captivating as a mute woman who befriends a fish man, and their relationship is the film's highlight. The film becomes a water ballet of romance, but the relationship goes from 0 to 100 really fast, not allowing for much growth before pure love takes over. But the film is gorgeous to behold and the plot, while rather predictable, is engaging and magical, making room for some charming musical detours. Supporting actors Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins turn in solid work and Michael Shannon is demented as the villain of the piece, however, del Toro occasionally lets his campy and over-the-top tendencies get in the way. The film is needlessly violent in a few scenes and a sense of quiet intimacy would have put the film on another level. As such, the film never reaches the emotional heights it intends to. Still, there isn't anything quite like The Shape of Water in cinemas currently and the actors and lovely score deserve recognition here.
This is a very "out there" movie. In many ways, it defies explanation. But there's something so remarkable and beautiful about it that it doesn't really matter. It's a very simple story, and one that you have seen a hundred million times, but the way Del Toro's use of film language, the clever script and Sally Hawkins' magnificent performance keep things from being stale. The fish man is also very well done, employing the combination of practical and digital effects to make him seem just human enough to sympathize with him, and alien enough to make him seem otherworldly and unique. If I had to nitpick, there are a couple scenes in the beginning of the film that don't really lead to anything, but they're only about a minute long each, so it doesn't detract much from the film as a whole. Overall, it's a very strong film and really deserves recognition and admiration.
Finally I got to see this today and it was way better than I thought it would be. Super cool!!! I'd see this again.
This will definitely not appeal to everyone as it's very off the wall but it really is a great movie. It's completely different than anything out there right now for sure. So strange is the story but beautiful to watch. The actors are really good too. And the music.
Film was so weird and so wonderful at the same time. Cool.
Worth seeing again, it's that good.
Exactly what I thought going in, AWESOME!! Great and weird story, and the visuals are unbelievable. It's meant to be seen on a big screen for sure. Still thinking about it, lol!!
It's a work of art with a camera. The mood, the set, the actors. Probably as good as it gets... period
This water's got Montezuma's Revenge written all over it, 'cause it's pure cinematic diarrhea.
Loved it! A beautiful movie...
Brilliant break from the predictable action/tear-jerker/holly-wood-formula. Del Toro is awesome. Saw it twice. I love movies, and have seen almost all of them. I get that it won't appeal to everyone. It's too original. It's a love story, a spy story, science fiction, monster movie, but not a horror movie. West Side Story meets The Creature From The Black Lagoon
A 'grown-ups' movie that is beautiful to watch, and to listen to. I saw this in the Cap 6 Big Chair theatre, and was very pleased with the movie. Definitely a couples date night movie. 90% of the audience were of this type. People who brought kids.... ??? Please do not bring children to this, it has sexual scenes and nudity, and it's a love story. The set design is amazing, if you are into "Fallout" style atom-punk. The performances are top notch by all. The creature from the Peruvian salt water marsh could have been better.... he is not quite threatening enough, and his lips are too big... Too close to 'Sapien' from Hellboy, not enough of the original Creature from The Black Lagoon in him... but otherwise fine. The secret government lab is done to perfection. The Cadillac showroom... is a joy to stare at...
It’s beautiful visually and stands alone for the quality of its story & character development. Best of 2017!
This water is stale.