Last night’s big winner at the Academy Awards was The Shape of Water. Director Guillermo del Toro‘s deeply mesmerizing fantasy also earned Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design, and it is one of the most conventional films in the Academy’s 90-year history. (And it proves once and for all that the sci-fi/fantasy genre is a legitimate one, something that the AMPAS has been seemingly hesitant to acknowledge over the years).
The film stars Sally Hawkins (herself nominated for her performance) as Elisa Esposito, a janitor at a secret government lab in the early 1960s. When she discovers an amphibious humanoid (Doug Jones) being held there, she forms an unexpected bond with the creature. Learning that her new friend is to be dissected, Elisa hatches a plan for him escape, keeping him in her bathtub until he can be released in a nearby canal. The film’s jaw-droppingly assembled co-stars include Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon, all of whom just add to the movie’s dreamlike appeal. Check out the film’s trailer:
On March 13th, The Shape of Water will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, with the Blu-ray including the following special features:
• A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
• Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue
• Anatomy of a Scene: The Dance
• Shaping the Waves: A Conversation with James Jean
• Guillermo del Toro’s Master Class
• Theatrical Trailers
A picture packed with romance and meaning, The Shape of Water is a film you’ll want to revisit for many years to come.