This movie is part modern fairytale, part love story, part science -fiction and part classic monster movie genre. That’s quite a lot of parts to make work as a whole, so I would advise you to put away your cynical and questioning hat and just go with the storyline.
If you do that you will be transported into a magical tale. Otherwise you might find some holes in this tale and that might affect your enjoyment of this movie.
Elisa(Sally Hawkins) is mute and as a result lives in a world of her own, somewhat separated from those around her. She works at a top secret unnamed government lab. One day a large tank with something inside turns up. What is she wonders and sets about trying to find out. It’s a mysterious amphibious creature that inhabits this tank and she seeks to create a bond with it. But the government has other plans for this creature. She can’t let this happen and hatches a plan to free this creature from it’s imprisonment.
If you are a fan of all things fantastical and grew up with these types of tales in books, on television or on the silver screen then this movie will greatly appeal to you and it will feed into that sense of wonder that all of these tales share with each other.
As I had mentioned at the start of this review, if that is not the case with you then your enjoyment of this particular movie will be lessened somewhat.
Thanks to Guillermo del Toro, this movie has a fantastical and unique vision of magical things and if you decide to go there with this movie, it’s an enjoyable and delightful tale.