The Shape Of Water is Guillermo del Toro’s lush, romantic adult fairytale that focuses on the unlikely romance between a mute janitor and a Fish man. It also happens to be one of the best films of the year. A total summation of the filmmaker’s passion and his desire to express the need for more compassion in this cold, ever-more violent world of ours.
Fox Searchlight Pictures released the final red-band trailer for The Shape Of Water, which tackles more of the horror elements that are spread across the film’s running time. Trust us when we say that while the film may not be gory, some of the violence displayed on screen is truly cringe-worthy. It’s the small details that del Toro excels at, even if that means knowing just what small wound or bodily injury would hurt the most.
Check out the final trailer for The Shape Of Water (NSFW) below:
The new trailer doesn’t skimp on the romance, either, and the film should rightfully be viewed as such: A dark fairytale romance. And our own Daniel Capelluto-Woizinski saw the film this past September at the Toronto International Film Festival can attest to that. In his review, he touted del Toro’s total control over his frenzied passion for art and mythology:
“His ability to weave those elements into the more conventional plot, as well as how effortlessly the camera transitions from something as simple as dialogue to something impossibly heightened, elevate The Shape of Water into something altogether different. These magical moments are brief and less frequent earlier on, but as the second act shifts into the third and the film begins to race toward its inevitable climax, they expand into a handful of astounding visual vignettes.”
The film is also being herald as director Guillermo del Toro’s favorite of his own films. “I’ll tell you, it doesn’t get more personal than Shape of Water for me. I am the proudest of it,” Del Toro discussed in a recent interview. “It’s my favorite movie that I’ve done. You work very hard to get the movie out there and have it seen, and the movie does connect, beautifully, with an audience. It has an enormous heart. I’ve seen it 190 million times and I still cry in three or four moments in the movie. It’s even more than that… I love it. I call it ‘a fairytale for troubled times’ because it’s an ointment against the world, where we’re waking up every morning with the worse news.”
Del Toro also recently revealed that he would be taking some time off from directing, a decision that was partially made because of his love for The Shape Of Water. The filmmaker said that he was so proud of the movie that he wants to put directing on hold so he may travel and really sell the film at various festivals and screenings. He doesn’t want to cut his attention short on his latest passion project. Even though we are always up for more Guillermo del Toro movies, the dude works pretty hard, usually juggling multiple projects from TV and film to video games and novels.
Written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor and Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones, The Shape Of Water opens on December 1, 2017.
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