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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sheep Movie Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water (2017)
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Written By: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Dec 22, 2017 Wide
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Rating: R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly 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 (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, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Went to see this with my 16-year-old daughter. She was a little freaked out by the thought of the woman having sex with the very not human sea creature <G>. You don't see them having is a behind closed doors sort of thing.

The Shape of Water is a character driven story. It pays homage to the old monsters movies like King Kong, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dracula. The "monster" falls in love with the girl, but The Shape of Water takes it to the next level which was unacceptable back in the day. The girl falls in love too.

The story moves slow with moments of suspense and humor and for the most part predictable. All the characters are lonely in one way or another and live banal lives. So when they become entangled in the fate of Eliza and the fishman they are willing to fight for their unconventional love. But if the same movie was made, but with a human man instead of the fishman, then this would have been a dull and pointless movie.

I did enjoy the movie... it was very different from what I normally watch (nothing got blown up) and there was some nice cinematography. 
Seeing it on the big screen doesn't add to the experience so if you aren't into the artsy film scene then wait for the DVD.

Holly and I both give it 3 1/2 "cat eating" Sheep



  1. I was wondering about this one, and really like your review. Hugs...RO

    1. Thanks! There was so much hype about how this was the best movie of the I think I went in with too high of expectiations.