The Shape Of Water movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s easy to say, yes, The Shape of Water is definitely a sexual fantasy. Although the bestiality love story will certainly shock some, it lives up as the year’s best picture.


In the 1960s, a lonely janitor with the inability to speak develops a unique relationship with an amphibious creature being held captive in a top-secret research facility.

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Movie details

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Release Date (Australia): 18 January 2018
Runtime: 123 minutes/2h 3m
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English, Russian, French


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong sexualised fantasy themes, as well as disturbing scenes depicting murder and torture.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features injury detail and shootings that are often accompanied by depictions of bloody spray and large amounts of blood.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of words such as “s**t” and “f**k”.

Nudity (M)

The film features sexualised breasts nudity and brief female full frontal nudity, as well as buttocks nudity.

Sex (MA15+)

The film features a graphic depiction of a man and a woman having sex, as well as scenes that include implied masturbation and sexual intercourse between a human and a fantasy creature.

mpaa rating

R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Guillermo del Toro neatly shapes a strangely beautiful sexualised fantasy, right between an unusual but darkly lovely romance concept. The Shape of Water is an amazing tale of bestiality, which is the leading theme that some people will immediately judge before forwarding into the experience. But the real romance concentrates on affection and adoration over judgement.

Sally Hawkins, who roles as as the mute main character, performs stunningly in this tale. The acting is truly brilliant, but the characters are also very well-written. The lead character voices no word and the pacing is at still at its finest whilst around her personality. But the pacing can lose a solid amount of its power at certain moments, probably forming the reason for some of the hate.

However, it’s mainly The Shape of Water’s gorgeous cinematography that increases the overall admiration. The underwater scenes, the creature, the sex; it’s all very arty and sincerely earns its Best Picture award. The whole idea is also something that sounds childish, silly and like a mess, but there’s adult content, astonishing graphics and it was executed perfectly.

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