When I first saw Apes last Friday, they actually didn't play the trailer for this. I went back to see the film again on Tuesday, and I was lucky enough to see this first look before Fox put it online. The Shape of Water looks absolutely glorious on the big screen, and I don't really know what my expectations were for this movie, but this trailer blew me away. I say this as someone who likes del Toro's work without being a complete devotee of the director- The Shape of Water looks like it could be one of the year's very best films. Everything about this trailer is perfect. The music, the production design, the "connection" between the unique lead character and the gorgeously designed creature- this is all top-notch stuff from del Toro. Sally Hawkins looks great as the lead, and the supporting cast includes terrific actors like Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. This looks like an incredible fairy tale, and the Cold War setting only has me more excited. And with today's reveal from Variety that the film is set to play at the Venice Film Festival, I think we could be looking at a bona fide awards contender. I cannot wait to see more, and I really wish I was going to TIFF this year just to check this one out.
The Shape of Water hits theaters on December 8. It's surely one of the most anticipated cinephile events for the second half of the year.