The Shape of Water

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  123 min.
In theatres:
December 8, 2017 - Toronto
December 15, 2017 - Vancouver, Montréal
December 22, 2017 - Expands

Current rating: Rating: 3.36
based on 724 votes and 113 reviews
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer


A lonely, mute cleaner named Eliza (Sally Hawkins) has few friends, other than her co-worker, Zelda (Octavia Spencer). They both work in a hidden, high-security government laboratory.

Zelda likes to wander around the laboratory and discover what the scientists are working on. She comes across an amphibious creature kept in a small tank of water and realizes that the creature can not only communicate, but is intelligent and has emotions. 

She develops a relationship with the creature, who was captured in the Amazon before being brought to the laboratory for experimentation. When she discovers that the scientists, including Strickland (Michael Shannon), plan to kill him in order to study him, she decides it's time to help her new friend escape. 

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
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  • 5 stars "This will definitely not appeal to everyone as it's very off the wall but it really is a great movie. It's completely different than anything out there right now for sure. So strange is the story but beautiful to watch. The actors are really good too. And the music."
  • 5 stars "Film was so weird and so wonderful at the same time. Cool."
  • 5 stars "Worth seeing again, it's that good."