As a devoted Guillermo del Toro fan, I live my life in a constant state of anticipation for his next film. Luckily, his next film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, comes out at the end of the year and Wednesday morning the first trailer dropped.
Perfectly marrying Toro’s love of genres that he’s explored in his films over the years — including fantasy, romance, and horror — The Shape of Water takes place during the Cold War, circa 1963, and follows the mundane and mute Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who works at a high-security secret government facility. When she and her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discovers a classified experiment, Elisa’s life is changed and she’s forced to confront dangerous decisions and her own feelings of loneliness.
Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg round out the case. Frequent collaborator Doug Jones returns for del Toro’s latest story, once again assuming the role of a CGI creature.
The trailer is nothing short of enchanting, whimsical, and heartbreaking — so everything we’ve come to expect from and love about del Toro’s films. What starts as an unconventional love story (or, at the very least, the story of two lonely souls finding each other), set to the beautifully evocative “La Javanaise” by Madeleine Peyroux, quickly goes dark, as is typical in del Toro’s films, with the clashing of morals, emotions, and horror.
However, what’s always been best about del Toro as a filmmaker is his love for humanity and hope. It’s seen in all his films and there’s no reason to think it will be absent here, not his championing of his female protagonist, of which Hawkins’ Elisa is the latest in a long line (another aspect so wonderful in del Toro’s films).
The film is set for release on December 8.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor