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Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is back with his first directorial at-bat since 2015’s “Crimson Peak.” This week, an official trailer for his new film, “The Shape Of Water,” was released. The movie looks equal parts science fiction, horror and romance. In the hands of most directors, juggling so many themes would be difficult, but Del Toro is the master of blending genres — I still get goosebumps from “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
The film follows Elisa, a mute woman, who is perpetually late — although her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) seems to help her out with that as much as she can. Elisa works in a science lab as a custodian and becomes curious about the experiments performed there, eventually meeting a government prisoner: an amphibious humanoid creature (who is totally not Abe Sapien from Hellboy) that her boss Strickland, (Michael Shannon) is intent on taking apart. You get the feeling Strickland is jealous because, according to his words, the creature was revered as a God in the Amazon. I’m guessing Strickland isn’t revered by anyone.
What appears to be the meat of the film is a love affair that begins to sprout between Elisa and the water creature.
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Learning to communicate with the aquatic man through sign language and music, their bond solidifies and her desire to see the gilled one set free becomes her main objective.
The official art for the film leaves little to the imagination between Elisa and the waterman (water person?).
— James Jean (@JamesJeanArt) July 19, 2017
We can’t wait to see Del Toro’s new vision come to life!
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