The Shape of Water 2017 – A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times

The Shape of Water

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

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.

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Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Guillermo del Toro (screenplay by), Vanessa Taylor (screenplay by)
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

Box Office Collection

Budget:
$19,400,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA:
$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release
Gross USA: $63,859,435
Cumulative Worldwide Gross:
$195,243,464

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Public Review The Shape of Water 2017

Monster lovemaking, monster fail

I was not a fan of the trailer with all of its syrupy sweet, cliché-riddled abundance but after it achieved the Oscar I felt there must be something in it of value. It’s an odd fantasy that one either buys into or not. I was a “not” because the fantasy was not interesting to me.

I can understand a strong curiosity and friendship with a monster but the lovemaking went to far for me. I’m a David Lynch fan, I love French new wave, I’m into the non-mainstream film but not interspecies sex. It is beautifully photographed and technically flawless.

Acting balances between strong and comical. Obviously, as a monster fantasy, the viewer has to suspend some reality but scenes like the bathroom filling with water and the dance number had me sighing.

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