Oh God I love it. It was heavily censored here so I couldn't experience the intimacy entirely, but it was good enough to make me weep. Beautifully green in the the few first scenes, and the color palette then gradually changes. The underwater scenes, which quietly sensual, I adore Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins after reading about the making of them. I don't care what the others said, I love The Shape of Water.
I just don’t understand how they would fall in love, I meanI can only see the interaction as an interaction of human and his/her pet (the closest I can thunk of is with dog). I would rather see they interacted more through music and movies rather than with eggs. Or maybe I just lack the capacity to feel it.
Definitely this is a very well-made movie but for me it's not a worthy winner of that Oscar (best picture). It simply doesn't have the complexity shown by Three Billboards or Phantom Thread. The visual level is gorgeous for most of the time but the story is not that superior and i haven't buy it at all that impossible affection that ultimately turned into something quite sexual. Good acting. 7.75/10
Del Toro has reinvented the classic "beauty & the beast" tale in which a mute woman falls for a merman (resembling Abe) back in the early '60s - there were several moments that were "spot on!" alongside the brilliant acting Hawkins gives. I am so happy Del Toro deserved the Oscars for this... he has definitely come a long way with his imagination in filmmaking.