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    The Shape of Water (December 8, 2017) The UnOfficial Abe Sapien Spin-off by Guillermo del Toro

    Director: Guillermo del Toro
    Writer: Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
    IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580390/
    Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Water_(film)


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    An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
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    Sally Hawkins - Elisa
    Michael Shannon - Strickland
    Richard Jenkins - Giles
    Doug Jones
    Michael Stuhlbarg
    Octavia Spencer - Zelda
    Lauren Lee Smith as Elaine
    Nick Searcy
    David Hewlett

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    So I went to see this and thought it was fantastic.

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    It's finally expanded enough my theater was showing it, can confirm, very good film.

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    I went to see this with recently; it wasn't my choice which might be why I was more critical but I had some problems with it:

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    This film really didn't need a romantic subplot. Wanting to free the asset because of some outsider kinship makes sense; jumping into bed with it doesn't. I mean, Giles calls the asset a wild animal like two scenes before he catches them together - that seems to have some unfortunate implications. If you really had to have to romance piece then the asset had to be more a lot more Abe Sapien and way less Creature from the Black Lagoon, I was just never sold on him possessing a human level intelligence and the whole thing just felt creepy.

    The Russian spy getting killed didn't make much sense either; when his handler showed up to his apartment he was suspicions enough to grab a knife - yet he seemed to get completely blind sided at the quarry. And I don't think it was ever explained why his handler wanted him killed in the first place, he was never showing having any information indicating the asset wasn't dead, the scientist seemed to be his only source on the asset so there shouldn't be any reason to doubt his story or have him killed. By the end his whole subplot just seemed to exist for Strickland to have a way to get to the docks for the climax.

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    It's meant to be a fairy tale for adults not something that could possibly happen in our world. It's a theme about how we jump to conclusion when something doesn't fit our view of what is human and it draws a parallel to racist behavior. Del Toro takes a lot of inspiration from Lovecraft and questions human hubris in deciding what intelligent life is.

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