The Shape of Water (2017) Rated R

At a research facility in the 1960s, a janitor befriends an amphibious creature. Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Richard Jenkins.

This is the story of a lonely woman who falls in love with an amphibious creature. The film has full frontal nudity and hints that the main character has sex with the amphibious creature.  Even with these scenes, I did think it was an interesting story. Although, the woman seems to take advantage of the creature and the creature seemed to fluctuate between being a wild animal and understanding human emotions. I found the humans’ forgiveness of a creature that doesn’t understand more than realistic. It is a beautifully told story with the mixture of Beauty and the Beast and Splash. I also thought Doug Jones, an underrated actor portraying the creature, showed a wide range of emotions under all that makeup. I gave this film a 7/10 making it worth a watch.

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