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The Shape Of Water

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture!

Every Guillermo del Toro film is something to anticipate and savour. The Shape Of Water doesn’t disappoint. It’s weird and wonderful and one of the best films of the year. Del Toro has said that the film was inspired by seeing Creature From The Black Lagoon as a youngster. And the movie, which is very adult, has a childlike sense of wonder.

Poster image for Shape Of WaterSet during the height of the Cold War, the film stars Sally Hawkins (Maudie) as Elisa, a lonely mute cleaning woman who mops up at a top-secret government lab where the U.S. military is housing an amphibious gilled creature that the Russians also want to get their hands on. Richard Jenkins is aces as Elisa’s starving-artist neighbour. The same goes for Octavia Spencer as her loyal friend and co-worker. A gonzo Michael Shannon smirks and snarls as the creature’s sadistic jailor. And Michael Stuhlbarg impresses as the scientist who’s sympathetic to the merman. But not as sympathetic as Elisa, who forms an unlikely intimacy with the creature.

If this all sounds bizarre, well, it is. But it’s also poignant, tender, funny, romantic, and breathtaking in its ambition. The Shape Of Water is a haunting sci-fi love story like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s pure movie magic.

– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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