The Shape of Water


The Shape of Water is a 2017 Drama Fantasy Romance movie directed by . It stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, among others.

The Shape of Water is currently rated 7.5 stars on the ReelBugs scale.

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Title The Shape of Water
Language en
Genres Drama
Status Released
Countries United States of America,
Runtime 123 min
Tagline "A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times"

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The Shape of Water Summary

An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.

The Shape of Water Cast

Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
Sally Hawkins

Elisa Esposito

Octavia Spencer The Shape of Water Zelda Fuller
Octavia Spencer

Zelda Fuller

Michael Shannon The Shape of Water Colonel Richard Strickland
Michael Shannon

Colonel Richard Strickland

Richard Jenkins The Shape of Water Giles
Richard Jenkins


Doug Jones The Shape of Water The Asset
Doug Jones

The Asset

Michael Stuhlbarg The Shape of Water Dr. Robert Hoffstetler
Michael Stuhlbarg

Dr. Robert Hoffstetler

Lauren Lee Smith The Shape of Water Elaine Strickland
Lauren Lee Smith

Elaine Strickland

Nick Searcy The Shape of Water General Hoyt
Nick Searcy

General Hoyt

David Hewlett The Shape of Water Fleming
David Hewlett


Nigel Bennett The Shape of Water Mihalkov
Nigel Bennett


Dru Viergever The Shape of Water Military Policeman
Dru Viergever

Military Policeman

John Kapelos The Shape of Water Mr. Arzounian
John Kapelos

Mr. Arzounian

Morgan Kelly The Shape of Water Pie Guy
Morgan Kelly

Pie Guy

Cyndy Day The Shape of Water Pie Guy's Fiancée
Cyndy Day

Pie Guy's Fiancée

Madison Ferguson The Shape of Water Tammy
Madison Ferguson


Jayden Greig The Shape of Water Timmy Image
Jayden Greig


Marvin Kaye The Shape of Water Burly Russian Image
Marvin Kaye

Burly Russian

Jim Pagiamtzis The Shape of Water 1960's Ad Man Image
Jim Pagiamtzis

1960's Ad Man

Cameron Laurie The Shape of Water Car Passenger Image
Cameron Laurie

Car Passenger

Alexey Pankratov The Shape of Water Soviet violinist Image
Alexey Pankratov

Soviet violinist

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July 20, 2017

It's a liquid.

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Jan. 24, 2018

I haven't seen it, but it look like a cure for welness

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Jan. 30, 2018

Man these Disney trailers are getting sinister!! 😂

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Jan. 24, 2018

who's here after Oscars nominations

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Jan. 23, 2018

For those lacking of some perspective, here it is: ! This movie is an allegory of what happens in real life! - The representation of the "worst" of society: The deaf person, the gay man, the black cleaning lady, etc. The negative reaction YOU, the spectator, are having towards the relationship between sea monster and the girl is exactly the reaction people had, and still have, towards those marginalized members of society. Crazy! Those of you who find this gross or unacceptable are a meta-projection of the theme of the movie itself.

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Jan. 9, 2018

This movie is a freaking masterpiece! If you haven't seen it, don't miss it because it's one of the best fantasy movies I've ever seen.

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Jan. 10, 2018

Sally Hawkins is great!!

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Feb. 1, 2018

Donatela brought me here

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Jan. 8, 2018

The Shape of Water and call me by your name are my bets for Oscar 2018

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Feb. 3, 2018

I'm so happy they got Sally Hawkins to be the protagonist, I love her, she is really talented and deserve much more attention

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Jan. 9, 2018

Ocean man take me by the hand... Anyone else thought of that when you saw the thing😂😂

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Jan. 11, 2018

the fish is hot

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Jan. 16, 2018

A really beautiful movie

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July 19, 2017

This looks so incredible. Great cast, great director, great premise. Everything about this trailer makes this one of my most anticipated movies.

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Jan. 2, 2018

This movie blew my mind the romance and beauty of it just wow 💯👏.. do yourself a favor give it a chance you'll leave the theater feeling fluffy af! Way to start 2018 ❤.. the emotions of the actors Del Toro you did your thing!!!

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Feb. 4, 2018

For those that are interested .... WARNING: SOME SPOILERS .... read this AFTER viewing the film, if interested.

The Shape of Water is not a (traditional) story; it is a tale, a fairy tale to be more precise. GDT has said so, and it is what he says it is. I have noted that he has refrained for the past couple of months from over-playing this difference, possibly at the behest of the studio (Fox Searchlight) maybe out of the studio's fear of impact to ticket sales and Oscar awards -- a "monster / creature" is enough for some people to have to "deal with", never mind adding on "fairy tale". Many people (and not just film goers) are consumed with almost exclusive interest in real life stories. A story is focused on real people or people that are to be considered real. A tale is more abstract and fictional, with almost always one or more characters that humankind is not known to have encountered (e.g., The Little Red Riding Hood's talking wolf).

GDT even beautifully frames the fairy tale for the film audience, having a voice that appears to be the Giles character narrate an opening and an ending -- the voice is telling a tale, which GDT then presents as film for 99% of the tale. The voice is the teller of the fairy tale, and the teller sees himself very much in one of the characters (Giles) of the tale -- the narrator may not actually be the Giles character, even though the voice is the same. Note: GDT also cleverly uses the short opening narration to reinforce the expected audience's natural predilection to consider a living creature that is not human as "a monster", as opposed to a (deranged?) human that physically does not appear as such on initial encounter.

The ending has the same voice (tale teller) return to wrap the fairy tale and provide (some) closure to the audience with the meaning of "the shape of water", while leaving intended ambiguity on what transpires for Eliza -- the audience can enjoy the ending it likes/wants/considers appropriate. Ergo, GDT's modern fairy tale (? I dunno; maybe). You will note that the actual character Giles "narrates" (i.e., speaks to us, the audience) at one (and only one) instance in the film .... and it is right in the middle, it is rather short and wholly natural, .... and it is the absolute climax of the film, and the thesis of the fairy tale --- when Eliza demands that Giles speak back to her in vocal words ("narrates") what she is telling him about what she has found for herself with her interactions with the river god creature -- what it is meaning to her; how it is rescuing her from her struggles as an "other" (someone not neatly like most people, as a mute, and with neck scars). GDT does not use subtitles here for Eliza's signing, but instead critically lays out the central thesis of the fairy tale with the protagonist (Eliza) emotionally relating it to another character that GDT has unambiguously pass on to the audience (those very many of us that do not sign), by saying back to her what she is saying, what she needs him (and GDT wants the audience) to know and understand about what she is experiencing with the river god creature. In fact , the whole repetition (signing plus voice relate back) in the delivery serves to reinforce the central thesis as message.

Beyond all that, the wide genius of the fairy tale in film form, and what makes it a relevant tale for us, is the rather timely touchstones of societal struggles of actual humankind, those that are 'other', that existed not only in the tale's human/earth/America time setting (1962), but exist (still) today (no matter what some of us might consider as 'improvements' in the 55 years since).

Once you wrap in the rest of the film's components: the excellent acting performances of the 5 central characters (I thought Michael Shannon was brilliant as the (real, human) monster), the set production, the score, the homage to films (intended to ground the fairy tale, because these historical films are not fairy tale; the shown film excerpts are known to be real), the multitude of allegories (from shoes, to color, to presences of water, to fingers (signing and lost), the beautiful filming (full of moving camera shots), the art of the costume that was the river god creature (3 years to complete), and the ultra smooth directing and editing, with the acts of the film leading comfortably one to the next, and you get the wonderful cinematic masterpiece that in all likelihood will have Academy voters preferring it, in general consensus, over all the other nominated films for Best Picture.

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Jan. 24, 2018


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Jan. 11, 2018

So disappointed this wasn't a Hellboy prequel focusing on Abe Sapien. The egg scene just screamed it at me.

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July 20, 2017

Del Toro is masterful director, i absolutely can't wait to see this film. Call me an fanboy but del toro is an absolute inspiration god bless this man. I can't wait for this film :)

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Jan. 24, 2018

I feel like this trailer showed the whole film...

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Feb. 4, 2018


So at the end, her scar turns into a gill so she can breathe under water and spend the rest of her life with him. So I have a question, when Elisa and Zelda are talking to Strickland in his office and he's asking why Elisa is mute, Zelda says she's had that scar since she was a child, and that she WAS FOUND BY A RIVER AS A CHILD, this leads me to believe that she was part fish or something the entire time. Thoughts?

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Feb. 5, 2018

Shout out to Madeleine Peyroux for that jazzy track.

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Jan. 16, 2018

La cinta me gusto bastante, y me recordo a FALLOUT y BIOSHOCK.

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July 19, 2017

Del Toro making what in the past would be a foreign Indie film but this time with a Hollywood budget and production, combining both types of his films into one.

About fucking time.

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Feb. 4, 2018

Um, excuse me, was no one else bothered by the fact SHE FUCKED A FISH?!

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Jan. 27, 2018

Amphibian Man, many versions of Beauty and the Beast, Twilight Saga, Lucifer, Warm Bodies, I, Frankenstein, Beastly, Vampire Diaries.... even King Kong, Hulk, A Monster in Paris, Games of Thrones, Dexter, The Astronaut's Wife, Suicide Squad... what do they have in common? women giving themselves to everyone or everything that put them in the center of their existence, make them the first priority, protect them, doesn't matter if it's a "good guy" or a "bad guy", call it romantic or stupid...

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Feb. 3, 2018

This is the best movie ever!!! Im still 😢

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Jan. 24, 2018

here after watching the "Oscar" nominations

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Jan. 27, 2018

I love this movie. Beautiful film. So much better than Three Billboards

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Jan. 28, 2018

This movie is a love story ever😭😍😍