The Shape of Water – Movie Review

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.


Set in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962 (Cold War-era America), the story follows a mute cleaner, Elisa (played by Hawkins), at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured part-human, part-amphibian creature. Now, it is a race against time and American and Russian foes alike to save this beautiful creature from a brutal death. Does Elisa succeed? Watch the film to find out.

The Shape of Water - Movie review
The Shape of Water – Movie review

Rating: 4 out of 5.



Sally Hawkins delivers a heartfelt performance in del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Hawkins deftly brings out her character’s loneliness and later, helplessness when confronted with the knowledge of what is going to happen to the creature she has fallen in love with.

She is ably supported by a talented ensemble cast. However, I felt, Octavia Spencer had nothing new to offer. Zelda was a similar kind of role she had played in The Help.

The film’s strengths are its splendid CGI effects and an unusual concept that is executed superbly. Well, not so much as unusual but it is rather an ethereal treatment of old wine in a new bottle. The classic princess-meets-the-prince story is given a twist by introducing sci-fi elements.  Further, the princess being a mute person results in an emotional film. 

It is a romantic, fantasy, musical film with nods to some Hollywood greats. There are some beautiful scenes especially at the beginning and the end that adds a surreal touch to this dark movie. I, especially, loved the dance between the creature and Elsa.

Verdict: Watchable

If you need a quick watch to make you forget the current situation we are in, watch The Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water

Author: debjani6ghosh

I started this blog to discuss books that I read and movies that I watch. But the blog may not be purely restricted to that!

28 thoughts on “The Shape of Water – Movie Review”

    1. I agree, Andrew. After I watched it, I was like, was it really deserving of an Oscar? But the movie remained in my mind for a long time, especially the beautiful visuals. So, I guess, it is a good movie. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

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  1. Oh I loved this one! I thought Hawkins did a phenomenal job with her character – so amazing to see how much emotion she insert into her performance without saying a word. Though I’m kind of with you re: Zelda. Wish she had a *bit* more depth.

    Also, I totally didn’t expect it to win Best Picture at the Oscar’s, so that was a lovely surprise. 🙂

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    1. I love to interact with you so much, Kathy. 🙂 Overall, it was a good film thanks to a dazzling performance by Hawkins. Like you, I was also surprised it won the Best Picture award.


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