Adventure/Drama/Fantasy; R; 123m. OSCAR Nominee: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress; Best Supporting Actor; Best Supporting Actress; Best Original Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Editing; Best Production Design; Best Sound Mixing.
Set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
“Without a single weak link in the exceptional cast…it’s a film that makes you feel a lot. But overridingly you feel lucky — lucky to be watching it, lucky that something so sincerely sweet, sorrowfully scary and surpassingly strange can exist in this un-wonderful world, and desirous of hanging on to as much of its magic for as long as you can after you reemerge back onto dry land.” –Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST
“It’s both weird and wonderful.” – Chris Nashawaty, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“‘The Shape of Water’ is a fairy tale of eros, horror and whimsy, a creature feature doubling as a swooning romance, its bloodiness pumped straight from the heart of master fantasist Guillermo del Toro.” – Steve Persall, TAMPA BAY TIMES