The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

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Catalogue no: 83301SDG

Media: DVD

Classification: MA15+

Category: Film

Genre: Science Fiction

Barcode: 9321337182537

No of Discs: 1

Language: English, Russian

Year: 2017

Release Date: 09-05-2018

Availability: In stock

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory
An other-worldly 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 (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Additional Information

Actors Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins
Director Guillermo Del Toro
Producer J. Miles Dale
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 16:9 Widescreen
Video Encoding PAL
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Region 4
Runtime 118

Digitales Reviews

The Shape of Water Review by Digitales Film Club
In general, did people enjoy this film?

At first glance everyone seemed sold on this film and believed it worthy of the success. However as we began to unpack it, there was a realisation that there wasn’t actually that much to unpack. Despite the illusion of depth, this film really is just what it presents itself as, and that seems to be simply a fairy-tale for adults. Though we mostly agreed that the feeling of wonder, the cinematography and the soundtrack all made for an enjoyable watch it would’ve been nice to have something to delve a little deeper into given the possibilities presented.

What did they like / not like about it?

This is true story-telling in all it’s glory. Old Hollywood magic created through beautiful set design, cheerful music and hyper-real dialogue delivery. This movie is for the audience who are happy to put aside reality for 2 hours, and step into the world of make believe. There may have been technical flaws and/or plot holes – but when you allow yourself to be completely enveloped by the story, you can look past all of that and really appreciate the movie for what it is. A piece of cinema, as opposed to much of the 24/7 onslaught of video that we have at our fingertips. - Sally

I think that when watching this film you almost have to surrender to the fairy-tale of it. Suspend disbelief and just enjoy the magic and romance. A part of me found this somewhat difficult to do when I re-watched it. But when I first saw it in the cinema I was captured. The soundtrack and the visuals are beautiful, though the characters could’ve done with some more depth. - Mali

I was disappointed by how conventional the narrative ended up being. It seemed very derivative once you get past the premise, and most of the characters were glaringly one-dimensional, which was a shame. Michael Shannon was wasted as a cartoonish villain, and the water-creature was barely a character at all considering it was one half of the main romance! I understand that Del Toro’s storytelling is deliberately simplistic and fairy-tale-esque, and focuses more on set design and aesthetics, but the narrative was just too dull for me to buy in. - Liam

Whilst visually beautiful with its set design and charming musical score, The Shape of Water plays in the shallow end of its characters and sub-plots. Diving into the deep end of juicier character traits and missed opportunities to fish for them, didn’t reel me in hook, line and sinker. I wouldn’t throw eggs at the TV for it, but you could tell it was fishing for compliments. - Lukas

Found it a little slow but watchable only to see how it ended. All a bit far fetched especially the sex scenes! Really another woman falls in love with a creature story (King Kong, various alien films etc) except they live happily ever after… That’ll probably be the sequel given it won best picture. – Eddy

Guillermo del Toro is an absolute master of magical realism and Shape of Water is certainly a feast for the eyes. The cinematography is stunning and character performances are also strong – Michael Shannon’s intense screen presence is note-worthy. As too is our determined heroine, who not only falls in love with, but ultimately saves her aquatic-beast lover, from the heartless and violent villain. A romantic tale with a dark twist, its definitely worth a one-time watch. – Vicky

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Magical. Fairy-tale. Romantic. Whimsical. Imaginative. Cinema. Picturesque. Derivative. Fantasy.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

Yes. If you think they could buy into the world it presents you with and/or if you’re a fan of Guillermo del Toro. (Posted on 4/06/2018)