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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Score: 7.69 / 10

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Producer: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Rating: 14A
Running Time: 123 minutes

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The Shape of Water movie reviews

  • 8

    The Shape of Water

    Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:20:16 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    There is much that is right about The Shape of Water. The cinematography is magical. The opening scene alone is worth the price of admission for its dreamy, surrealistic rendering. The entire film has a bluish tint that is in keeping with the movie’s aqua theme. The setting is the 1950s, replete with 1957 Chevrolets, popular music, and references to Bonanza and Gilligan’s Island.—fun for those of us old enough to remember the 50s. The love story is strangely endearing—not nearly as slimy and horrific as I imagined. It’s a solid film. I give it four out of five stars; and I would not squabble with others who would give is a solid five-star rating. What disturbs me about the movie is what has troubled me about our culture as a whole: the ubiquity of fantasy. All the top-billed films these days are fantasy. So are the bestselling books. Even the political news is referred to as fake or fanciful. The problem with so much fantasy is that we risk accepting the fantastic as a substitute for reality. It is not. When a teen goes on a shooting spree, it is not because he is a fantasy superhero; it is because he is delusional—and that is the reality of it. Because The Shape of Water is fantasy—very much like all the hugely popular Marvel movies of the day—the characters tend to perfectly good or perfectly evil. Consequently, we all know how the movie will end before it gets started. There are also a few nuances that less sophisticated audiences may miss but are important to point out. The film is really about the value of all beings: the socially awkward, the mute, even the monstrous. That is a nod to all the maladroit people in the world (especially teens) who don’t quite fit in and, yet, would like to be valued in a society where beauty, talent, and power trump eccentricity. The problem is that some may internalize the message as being something nefarious—like an endorsement to be racist, anti-social, xenophobic, misanthropic, or, worse, sociopathic.

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 9, 2018 1:13:33 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    The story, acting, music and cinematography are excellent. It is my favorite movie of the year. It deserves to win an Oscar for best picture, direction, and best actress.

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 9, 2018 10:50:13 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    This film lives up to its hype. It fits well with the popular theme of what it means to be human, but does this in a unique way as compared to others, like the resurgence of Blade Runner. Not only is this film aesthetically beautiful, the writing is incredible and Sally Hawkins' performance is compelling. A must see.

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 9, 2018 10:44:43 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Brilliant, smart, visually impeccable, touching, sensible, emotional and amazing. The Shape of Water deserves all the praises and more, once again Guillermo Del Toro create a marvelous narrative so sensible, dark and fantastic that make the audiences feel everything in it, the cast also delivers a impeccable work (Sally Hawkins deliver one of the best performances of the decade). A masterpiece. (5/5)

  • 10

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 9, 2018 10:37:48 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    An absolutely brilliant take on the 'what makes a monster, what makes a man' narrative.

  • 7

    The Shape of Water

    Friday, February 9, 2018 10:15:51 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Beautifully done. Artistic with lots of symbolism. Bring your imagination.

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:35:45 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Yes is a fiction movie. Lol.

  • 1

    The Shape of Water

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:05:17 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Fiction!

  • 7

    The Shape of Water

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:30:50 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    It had the perfect ending.

  • 9

    The Shape of Water

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:54:22 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    Absolutely loved every aspect about this movie. Magical ...