“Shape of Water” Drawing Raves From Venice

Following strong reviews for the Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” as the opening night film, Guillermo del Toro’s romantic creature feature ” The Shape of Water” has bowled over critics on the second day of the Venice Film Festival.

The Cold War-set fairy tale was reportedly met with sustained applause during its press screening. Subsequent social media reaction and trade reviews have pegged it, del Toro’s first time in competition on the Lido, as the filmmaker’s best work since 2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth”. You can read write-ups at Variety, The Guardian, Collider, The Wrap, The Playlist and THR.

Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins star in the story of a mute lonely woman who cleans an American high-security government lab and forges a relationship with a top-secret experiment – an aquatic man (Doug Jones) from the Amazon.

‘Shape’ will have its official world premiere tonight and is already slated to screen at Toronto and Telluride in a few weeks. Fox Searchlight will release the film in cinemas on December 8th.