The brilliance of ‘the shape of water’ movie by Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.It stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer.

Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.


The idea for The Shape of Water formed during del Toro’s breakfast with Daniel Kraus in 2011, with whom he later co-wrote the novel Trollhunters.It shows similarities to the 2015 short film The Space Between Us,and also to Rachel Ingalls’ novel Mrs. Caliban. It was also primarily inspired by del Toro’s childhood memories of seeing Creature from the Black Lagoon and wanting to see Gill-man and Kay Lawrence (played by Julie Adams) succeed in their romance. When del Toro was in talks with Universal to direct a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, he tried pitching a version focused more on the creature’s perspective, where the Creature ended up together with the female lead, but the studio executives rejected the concept.

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The film was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on August 31, 2017,and was awarded the Golden Lion for best film in the competition. It also screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It began a limited release in two theaters in New York City on December 1, 2017, before expanding starting December 8, 2017, and has grossed $114 million worldwide. A noveliziation written by del Toro and Daniel Kraus will be released on March 6, 2018.

The Shape of Water received widespread praise for its performances, screenplay, direction, production design, and musical score, with many critics calling it del Toro’s best film since Pan’s Labyrinth; the American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year.[11] At the 90th Academy Awards, the film received a leading 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Jenkins, and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer. It was nominated for seven awards at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Director and Best Original Score. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film received 12 nominations, including Best Film, and won three awards, including Best Director.

Importantly ‘the shape of water’ won lot of awards at 90th Academy awards too.

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