The Shape of Water
★★★★★ ‘Sparkling drama … seductively melancholy song of the sea.’ – The Guardian
This must be underwater love… Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth) latest Cold War film blends fantasy, sci-fi and romance in unexpected places. Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa, a woman who – mute since a childhood injury – lives a quiet life, communicating through sign language almost solely with her graphic artist neighbour Giles (Richard Jenkins) and her workmate Zelda (Octavia Spencer). While working with Zelda as a cleaner at a secret government laboratory in Baltimore in the early 60s, Elisa happens on the lab’s latest inmate, a mysterious man-like / fish-like creature brought in by cruel military man Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). As she attempts to communicate with the creature, its future becomes less certain – between Strickland’s mean streak and a potential Russian spy.
Why Should You See This Film?
Visually distinctive, this is del Toro at his best. Equal parts pure comic book fantasy and elegant romance, The Shape of Water couples remarkable performances – particularly from Jenkins, Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) – with dreamy design. A film to escape into.
|Director:||Guillermo del Toro|
|Cast:||Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer|