Plot: Elisa is mute, she doesn’t speak. Set in 1962, she works as a cleaning lady for a high tech government laboratory. Her life changes when she discovers the company’s classified secret, a scaled creature living in a water tank. It’s not long before she forms a special bond with the creature.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, Lauren Lee Smith.
It wasn’t what I was expecting. To be honest, I’m not even sure what I was expecting but to watch a film where a woman falls in love with a sea creature and even becomes intimate with it, was utterly weird. Usually, I like weird but I really didn’t like this film. I didn’t like the characters and I didn’t like the story.
I don’t understand how this film won the Oscar for best picture because a lot of the other films nominated in that category were much better. In my opinion anyway. I think Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri should have won it because that was sensational. Lady Bird was a much better film too. I just found The Shape of Water boring. It was so slow. I just didn’t get it.
However, there is a good thing to come out of The Shape of Water winning the Oscar, it has become the first female lead film to win an Oscar for best picture in 13 years. That’s an extraordinary achievement and it’s about damn time. But the films I have mentioned above are all female lead too so if they’d have won, it would have broken the streak too.