That one of them happens to be a fish man is almost incidental. This is a Guillermo del Toro film after all, and the director is a specialist when it comes to idiosyncratic genre-splicing. His homage to The Creature from the Black Lagoon is both a whimsical romance and a Cold War monster movie, steeped in a passion for cinema.
The film’s mute protagonist, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), works the night shift as a cleaner at a secret government facility, where a mysterious new “asset” has just arrived from South America. It’s an amphibious humanoid (played by seasoned creature performer Doug Jones), and while cleaning the lab, the curious Elisa forms a bond with the beast using eggs, music and sign language. Sadistic security chief Strickland (Michael Shannon) would rather torture it, and when Elisa discovers her new friend is in danger, she hatches a plan to liberate the creature with the help of her neighbour (Richard Jenkins) and feisty co-worker (Octavia Spencer).
Winner of Best Picture and Director at this year’s Oscars, del Toro’s bold and beautiful film restores a sense of magic and wonder to the movies.
Read an interview with Doug Jones, veteran creature performer and frequent Guillermo del Toro collaborator.
Release Date: 9 May 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray 3D 4K
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
DVD & BD
- A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
- Theatrical Trailers
- Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue and The Dance
- Shaping the Waves:
A Conversation with Artist James Jean
- Guillermo del Toro’s Master Class
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