Review: ‘The Shape of Water’

It’s Oscars season and we’re reviewing the Academy’s big category picks. ‘The Shape of Water’ (starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins) is directed by Guillermo del Toro and has nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Hawkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Supporting Actor (Jenkins), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and more.

Synopsis:

“Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.”

We put the movie through our critically acclaimed rating system, which grades based on four categories:
1. Did we like it?
2. How did everyone look?
3. Will we steal stuff from it?
4. Is it problematic?

 

Here’s how it played out:

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