Set in the United States during 1963, The Shape of Water features a mute woman named Elisa performing janitorial work in a government lab. She appears to live an isolated, difficult life due to an inability to speak. While working she and a friend come across a creature the facility experiments on and forms a bond with it. Eventually, she resolves to free the creature, and hence the focus of much of this gorgeous, fascinating trailer, with Elisa bonding with the creature and working to free it against the wishes of the government agency she works for.
Considering this is Guillermo del Toro, I’m sure there’s more here than meets the eye. I can’t wait to see what secrets this movie holds back from its trailers. Watch the trailer below and theorize away in the comments. Or just gush. No problem with barely-legible gushing.
Another staple of any del Toro film is an absolutely beautiful style, which this trailer has in spades. Not that this is the only great thing about this trailer; I honestly can’t think of a single thing to complain about. Maybe the creature looks too much like Abe Sapien from Hellboy? Personally, I don’t consider that a bad thing. Having the main character communicating through sign language creates all kinds of potential for language geekery and communication themes suck me into just about any movie.
Everything here appeals to me on just about every level. And let’s just go ahead and sign del Toro up for any future Bioshock movie. This nails the Bioshock aesthetic to a tee.
The Shape of Water is scheduled for release on December 18. The cast features Sally Hawkins in the lead role, along with Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, and David Hewlett.