The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

DVD - 2018
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An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

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movie20
Sep 19, 2018

Finally saw it. I was putting it off because I was sure I wouldn't like it. I LOVED IT! A wonderful fantasy romance movie. Well done. Suspense, violence, romance and mystery...a little bit of everything set in the early 60ies. Michael Shannon plays such a good, bad guy. If you are expecting a Sci-fi movie you will be disappointed.

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whatcomhillwalker
Sep 18, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this film twice now. I'll watch it again in the future.

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DRCBOFH
Sep 16, 2018

A delightful story about a lonely mute woman who is tired of "loving" herself in the tub each morning and is looking for the love of a good man but there just don't seem to be any available. All of the men are white, sexist, racist, oppressive, abusive, selfish, fearful, intolerant and just not quite what she's looking for. Fortunately for her her bath time fun time fantasies take an exciting turn in her favour when she meets a fish man who is held under the boots of those very same white men I was mentioning earlier. No more lonely mornings in the tub now that her watery dreams have manifested themselves into the perfect man who is so perfect he's not even human.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone so I won't go any further, but rest assured that this is not simply just another story about how liberals are awesome and conservatives suck. Because that's just not what this movie is.

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kdbt
Sep 14, 2018

"The Shape of Water" is a weird, beautiful fantasy. The story is straightforward, as Mr. Spoiler Alert explained to everyone earlier. The magic comes from the relationships, the beauty of the creature, and the cinematography. Del Toro is brilliant. SERIOUS violence (torture/shootings), nudity (Sally Hawkins has a great bod and she's naked a lot), and sexual acts mean this is NOT FOR KIDS.

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gurujr
Sep 03, 2018

Best picture, really? Nice fantasy story but come on. You can expect a Broadway musical in a couple of years. Why not. Different version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. In that old school horror movie the Creature doesn't get the girl. In this updated version the nicer Creature does.

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shlby69m
Aug 29, 2018

Magical, light hearted (Reminded me of La La Land), told in classical prose, details in the story make the ending special. (the cat episode not as gruesome as, say Steven Kings Skin Walker).

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jimcrackmuthah1
Aug 29, 2018

It is a fantasy. If you begin with that understanding, this film easily ranks as one of the finest ever wrought. Every aspect - production quality and design, definition of characters even to the smaller parts, timing of scenes, editing, sensitivity of the score, and especially dialogue - works together to deliver the message with powerful delicacy. Guillermo is clearly a master of the art of film! I love this story; it is very special. It moved me, so much that I still can't find the right words. The best picture and director win works toward restoring my faith in the Academy.

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Munkapunk
Aug 27, 2018

Creature from the Black Lagoon anyone? Played out like a comic book; mindlesss fun but tried to be too artsy.

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Nooksack20
Aug 22, 2018

How this movie was voted Best Picture of the Year is beyond my comprehension. It was not even a decent picture. Here's how it goes....homely mute woman who likes to take her clothes off meets amphibian being held in a government facility, feels sorry for it, feeds it boiled eggs, falls in love with it, rescues it from brutal government dude in charge of the facility, keeps it in her bathtub, gets amorous with the creature, creature has healing powers, kills government dude on the docks, makes woman into an amphibian, and the live happily ever after under the water. Silly beyond belief.

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AjaxMiscreant
Aug 18, 2018

I was disappointed with this film, I remember when the trailers for it were on tv - made it seem like it was going to be an interesting science fiction flick, Boy was I wrong.
Just a weird Inter-species love story, that wasted a couple hours of my time.

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SEBoiko
Jul 26, 2018

Sexual Content: nudity

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jdonohue
Jun 25, 2018

Sexual Content: Lots of stuff

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jdonohue
Jun 25, 2018

Violence: SPOILERS: A man's finger gets cut off, and it is shown getting put into a brown paper bag.

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jdonohue
Jun 25, 2018

Coarse Language: Lots of language.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

Other: Racism, misogyny, and homophobia.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2018

Violence: Bitten-off fingers; deliberate torture with a stun gun; death threats; murders.

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Lucik32
Apr 26, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, nudity and masturbation during the course of the movie.

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: body horror involving fingers and bullet wounds

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Sexual Content: a few depictions of intercourse and masturbation

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the_bookwyrm
Mar 07, 2018

Violence: cattle prodding and a harsh gunshot scene

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Lucik32
Apr 30, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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humbleworm
Feb 15, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jimg2000
May 28, 2018

54 quotes in IMDb already (thanks to the contributors.) However, some of the best quotes are silent signs. You just have to watch them, like this one:

Zelda: [Elisa looks noticeably happier] Why you smilin', hon? Well stop lookin' like that. What happened?

[Elisa shakes her head to say "nothing"]

Zelda: Why? How? How? Does he - have a...?

[Elisa nods and uses her hands to describe what the Amphibian Man's penis looks like]

Zelda: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

[pause]

Zelda: Lor'...! Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there.

[laughs]

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MichelleinBallard
Apr 29, 2018

"Decent?

"A man has the decency not to fuck up. Now that's one thing, that's real decent of him.

"But the other kind of decency, it doesn't really matter. We sell it, but it's an export. We sell it because we don't use it."

-Character of General Hoyt

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