Guillermo del Toro is perhaps best known as the man behind dark fantasies such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone as well as creature features such as Hellboy and Pacific Rim. With his latest film, the Shape of Water, the master director brings us the best of both worlds.
Set during the height of the Cold War in 1962 Baltimore, the story is steep in the paranoia that best defined that era in our history. The film follows Elisa, a cleaning lady in a top secret, high-security government facility whose life takes a sudden turn when she comes across the laboratory’s secret – a mysterious creature reminiscent of Abe Sapien and the Creature of the Blue Lagoon.
Without getting into spoiler territory, Elisa finds that there is more to the scaled creature than meets the eye. Soon enough, she develops a friendship with the creature and a unique bond forms between them. As she seeks to help her new friend, she comes face to face with government agents determined to find a use for the creature.
If you are a fan of del Toro’s work, then you should definitely see this film. If you watch this one at home and you’re alone, try to wear your TV headphones while enjoying the movie. The score in the film is exceptional.