The Shape of Water *
At a top-secret research facility in Baltimore in the early 1960s, a lonely, mute janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Yet another imaginative fable from Del Toro that I found utterly hollow. A sentimental tale on the lack of love for the marginalized – a mute, a closeted gay man, a black woman, a communist, a fish monster – but uses them only as signifiers, with none of these ideas really coming together outside of the director’s sketchbook, as well as his own cinephilia (in particular Creature from the Black Lagoon). Injecting the film with blood and sex doesn’t provide any gravitas either, with each story point culminating in either thematic lip-service or a lack of commitment.
d – Guillermo Del Toro
w – Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
ph – Dan Laustsen
pd – Paul D. Austerberry
m – Alexandre Desplat
ed –Sidney Wolinsky
cos – Luis Sequeira
p – Guillermo Del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lauren Lee Smith, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett