Movie Details

The Shape Of Water

In 1962 Baltimore, Elisa, a mute cleaning lady, discovers a classified secret while working at a high-security government laboratory. It involves a water tank in which a mysterious, scaled creature from South America lives. She soon forms a bond with the creature but will have to find a way to save it when a hostile government agent and a marine biologist get involved.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: M18
Release Date: 1 Feb 2018
Genre: Adventure / Drama / Fantasy
Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Format: 2D

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Writer: Cinnamon Lion

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Watch this if you liked: “Beauty and the Beast (2017)”

The Good, the Bad and the Inter-Species Romance:

• An empathetic tribute to classic Hollywood monster movies filled with creativity.

• The visuals of the film can be experienced both, emotionally and on an intellectual level with its unorthodox story.

• The repetitive use of shades of aqua green on everything during the entire film emphasises on the aquatic theme the movie is based around.

• An adult fairy tale that highlights upon racism, homophobia and the fear of the unknown.

• The movie features an out of the ordinary relationship with their inter-species romance which adds a strange romantic element to the story.

• Unlike Del Toro's favourite fighting behemoths like those from "Pacific Rim" and "Mimic", the real monster in this movie isn't the one in chains but the ones who put the chains on it.


• The design of Amphibian Man was heavily inspired by the film "The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)".

Cinema Online, 16 March 2018
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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