The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

DVD - 2018
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An otherworldly 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 is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2018
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 mins.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English, Spanish or French; Spanish or French subtitles; English (SDH) subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing ; closed-captioned; English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities
Alternative Title: Shape of water (Motion picture)


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Nov 16, 2018

The film is well presented & lit in a detailed homage to 50's era films. The didactic conclusions from the film are obvious, clearly separating the "good" & "bad" characters through physical interaction & dialogue featuring egregious examples of overt racism, sexism & gender discrimination. The problem is that the "bad" guy Richard Strickland is over the top bad, including not seeking medical help for gangrene & at that point they jumped the shark with this character.

Hillsboro_BarbaraO Nov 07, 2018

Set in 1960's America, Elisa, who is mute, works as a cleaning lady in the high-security government lab that is keeping a mysterious, scaled creature. Upon discovering the creature, the two develop a "bond." The story is an otherworldly fairy tale of romance...odd but enjoyable.

Nov 04, 2018

Look, it's not terrible. But honestly, I felt like it was just boring and unnecessary. It had some great moments and it really seemed interesting at first, but I can't really see why this movie won "Best Picture". The sex and masturbation scenes are...fine, but they weren't really necessary. And maybe it was just me, but I didn't really feel like they fell in love. They went from eating eggs and hanging out to let's have sex now. It just didn't feel deep enough. I didn't care enough about the characters. (And believe me, I went into this with an open mind.) (It was a bit overrated, to be honest.)

If people enjoy this movie, good to them. I hope people can find enjoyment in this. In my own opinion, it was boring and paced terribly. The characters were boring and bland except for Zelda and Giles. I don't really recommend this movie based on any personal enjoyment, but I would still say to watch the movie and form your own opinion on it!

Oct 03, 2018

Well, that was a pleasant surprise! A modern day Fairytale, of the mute princess and her Prince Charming! Just keep an open mind- and you’ll be captivated by the magic!

P/S Micheal Shannon stole the show!!!! Damn that man can act his “arse” off! lol

Oct 02, 2018

Very similar tale to the old movie: "SPLASH". This Starred Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah in the 80's which was re-invented here. Similar in theme, genre, water back- drop and love story/RESCUE idea. Overall it was okay, instead of using a 'Mermaid', they switched it with a 'Merman' or Man-fish without the tail and with webbed feet ideal. You can think of it as a slightly, skewed, 'Copy-cat', movie version of 'Splash', which was different for an 80's flick. Thx.

endora Sep 26, 2018

Like other viewers, I had been put off this movie by verbal reviews, the most common of which was "weird". Well yes, it is very different, but I thought it was pretty special actually. Beautiful cinematography and a love story which although unlikely, still fueled my imagination. I will watch it again in the future and have now got myself on the waiting list to read the book!

Sep 24, 2018

Directed by Guillermo del Toro in 2017, this American weirdly romantic fantasy depicts the romance between a mute female janitor and a captured humanoid amphibian creature.
With a willing suspension of disbelief, you should be able to enjoy this unbelievable yet heartwarming fairy tale.

Sep 19, 2018

Finally saw it. I was putting it off because I was sure I wouldn't like it. I LOVED IT! A wonderful fantasy romance movie. Well done. Suspense, violence, romance and mystery...a little bit of everything set in the early 60ies. Michael Shannon plays such a good, bad guy. If you are expecting a Sci-fi movie you will be disappointed.

Sep 18, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this film twice now. I'll watch it again in the future.

Sep 16, 2018

A delightful story about a lonely mute woman who is tired of "loving" herself in the tub each morning and is looking for the love of a good man but there just don't seem to be any available. All of the men are white, sexist, racist, oppressive, abusive, selfish, fearful, intolerant and just not quite what she's looking for. Fortunately for her her bath time fun time fantasies take an exciting turn in her favour when she meets a fish man who is held under the boots of those very same white men I was mentioning earlier. No more lonely mornings in the tub now that her watery dreams have manifested themselves into the perfect man who is so perfect he's not even human.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone so I won't go any further, but rest assured that this is not simply just another story about how liberals are awesome and conservatives suck. Because that's just not what this movie is.

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Jul 26, 2018

Sexual Content: nudity

Jun 25, 2018

Sexual Content: Lots of stuff

Jun 25, 2018

Violence: SPOILERS: A man's finger gets cut off, and it is shown getting put into a brown paper bag.

Jun 25, 2018

Coarse Language: Lots of language.

Jun 21, 2018

Other: Racism, misogyny, and homophobia.

Jun 21, 2018

Violence: Bitten-off fingers; deliberate torture with a stun gun; death threats; murders.

Apr 26, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, nudity and masturbation during the course of the movie.

Mar 07, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: body horror involving fingers and bullet wounds

Mar 07, 2018

Sexual Content: a few depictions of intercourse and masturbation

Mar 07, 2018

Violence: cattle prodding and a harsh gunshot scene


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Apr 30, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Feb 15, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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May 28, 2018

54 quotes in IMDb already (thanks to the contributors.) However, some of the best quotes are silent signs. You just have to watch them, like this one:

Zelda: [Elisa looks noticeably happier] Why you smilin', hon? Well stop lookin' like that. What happened?

[Elisa shakes her head to say "nothing"]

Zelda: Why? How? How? Does he - have a...?

[Elisa nods and uses her hands to describe what the Amphibian Man's penis looks like]

Zelda: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.


Zelda: Lor'...! Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there.


Apr 29, 2018


"A man has the decency not to fuck up. Now that's one thing, that's real decent of him.

"But the other kind of decency, it doesn't really matter. We sell it, but it's an export. We sell it because we don't use it."

-Character of General Hoyt


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