The Shape of Water is a film by acclaimed director Gillermo Del Toro. And it’s a dazzling, odd, unique, spell-binding fairytale.
It tells the story of a mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her encounter with a mysterious creature. From wikipedia: Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature.
The filmmaking is certainly some of the best of the year. Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg all give outstanding performances.
It really is an incredible, lovely, violent, romantic, and wonderous film.