Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Fantasy drama directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro. Set during Cold War America, The Shape of Water follows government laboratory worker, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), where she 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, an other-worldly creature (Doug Jones), who has been captured by the government and held in isolation. Elisa with the help of Zelda tries to help the creature before it gets subjected to experiments by a cruel government agent, Strickland (Michael Shannon).
Our Favorite Quotes:'Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love. It humbles my heart, for You are everywhere.' - Giles (The Shape of Water) Click To Tweet 'When he looks at me, the way he looks at me. He does not know what I lack or how I am incomplete. He sees me for what I am, as I am.' - Elisa (The Shape of Water) Click To Tweet
Giles: If I spoke about it, if I did, what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems, in the last days of a fair prince’s reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don’t know. Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you about the truth of these facts and the tale of love and loss, and the monster who tried to destroy it all.
Richard Strickland: [referring to Elisa] Is she deaf?
Zelda Fuller: Mute, sir, she can hear you.
Richard Strickland: [to Elisa] You clean that lab, you get out.
Richard Strickland: [to Elisa and Zelda] The thing we keep in there is an affront, and I should know I dragged it all the way here.
Fleming: This may very well be the most sensitive asset ever to be housed in this facility.
Richard Strickland: [referring to the creature] The natives in the Amazon worshipped it, like a God.
Richard Strickland: You may think that thing looks human. It stands on two legs, right? But we’re created in the Lord’s image. You don’t think that’s what the Lord looks like, do you?
Zelda Fuller: [to Eliza] That’s good, looking like you don’t know anything.
Dr. Robert Hoffstetler: This creature is intelligent, capable of language, of understanding emotions.
Giles: [referring to the creature, interpreting Elisa] When he looks at me, the way he looks at me. He does not know what I lack or how I am incomplete. He sees me for what I am, as I am. He’s happy to see me Every time, every day. And now I can either save him or let him die.
Zelda Fuller: [To Elisa] It’s a lot of blood. What went on in here?
Richard Strickland: [to Elisa] It was you that found my fingers. There was mustard on them.
Giles: [to Elisa, referring to the creature] “Get him out.” What are you talking about? No.
Richard Strickland: If you know something about what transpired here it’s your obligation to report it.
[referring to Elisa as she starts signing]
Richard Strickland: [to Zelda] What did is she saying?
Richard Strickland: [referring to the creature] We need to take it apart, learn how it works.
Dr. Robert Hoffstetler: What happened?
Richard Strickland: It’s an animal. We’re just keeping it tame.
Dr. Robert Hoffstetler: [referring to the creature] I don’t want an intricate, beautiful thing destroyed!
Zelda Fuller: Don’t do this, Elisa. Don’t do this.
Zelda Fuller: [as they’re trying to sneak the creature out of the facility] Oh, woman, we’re going to burn in hell.
Giles: [to Elisa] We can do nothing, I’m sorry!
Giles: Look, it’s not even human.
Elisa Esposito: [signing] If we do nothing, then neither are we.
General Hoyt: The Soviet’s wants it, we know that much.
General Hoyt: The Soviet’s wants it, do you have it?
Richard Strickland: Sir, I’m getting it back.
Richard Strickland: Did either of you see someone coming in or out of the lab?
Zelda Fuller: Nothing out of the ordinary.
Fleming: This is the most sensitive asset ever to be housed in this facility.
Richard Strickland: How did they get in here?
Fleming: We are looking at a highly trained group of at least ten men, efficient, ruthless, clockwork precision.
Giles: [to Eliza] I’m going to be synchronizing our watches just like they do in the movies.
General Hoyt: The asset, do you have it?
Richard Strickland: Sir, I’m getting it back.
General Hoyt: Our concern is the Russians. Unf*** this mess.
General Hoyt: [to Strickland] Son, unf*** this mess.
Richard Strickland: [looking in the mirror] You deliver, that’s what you do. You deliver! Right? Right?!
Richard Strickland: [to Eliza] If you know something you’re not telling me you’re going to tell me.
Zelda Fuller: We didn’t see nothing.
Richard Strickland: [to Elisa and Zelda] What am I doing interviewing the s**t cleaners?
Dr. Robert Hoffstetler: We need to get him back in the water.
Richard Strickland: [threatening Zelda] One last, where is it?
Lou: Listen, fella…
Richard Strickland: Sit down!
Zelda Fuller: [referring to Strickland] Elisa, honey. He’s coming for you. You got to go now and you got to take that thing with you.
Richard Strickland: I deliver.
Richard Strickland: What did you say to me?
Elisa Esposito: [signing] FU…
Richard Strickland: [to Zelda] What did she say? What is she saying?!
Zelda Fuller: She is saying, “Thank you.”
Giles: He’s a wild creature. We can’t ask him to be anything else.
Richard Strickland: [to Hoffstetler] You were speaking Russian, Bob!
General Hoyt: Finish the job, son.
Giles: If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love, that they remained in love? I’m sure that’s true. But when I think of her, of Elisa, the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love, hundreds of years ago. “Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love. It humbles my heart, for You are everywhere.”