Updated: Jul 5, 2018
"When he looks at me, he does not know - how - I am incomplete. He sees me... as I am.” -Elisa, The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water is a film you should definitely see with like your significant other; It is an adorable yet a heart-pounding romance. The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era America, where Elisa(Sally Hawkins) who is mute, life is changed when she and Zelda (Octavia Spencer) who work in a secret high-security government laboratory, come across a secret classified amazonian experiment worthy of a little bit of love.
As a master wordsmith, screenwriter, and director Guillermo del Toro(Pan’s Labyrinth) has crafted the most beautiful love story that has come down the "American" pipeline (don’t think I forgot about This Not What I Expected) in a long while.
Sally Hawkins as Elisa was an absolute wonder to watch on screen. Having to use sign language to communicate only heightened her facial expressions and emotional reliability. But, I can just take a moment to point out that it would seem as Octavia Spencer is trapped in the 1960s. Because, it seems like I every movie I see her in she is playing someone in the 1960’s; which may be a stereotyping or typecasting issue. Either way, Spencer provided excellent comic relief and was interesting sub-plot character; her and her husband.
However, the sure star is the script. The script from the very beginning is without question superb. I think we all are used to the little Beauty meets Beast love storyline. While this is an old and almost tired troupe, especially in romantic movies, The Shape of Water took a fresh look at it and gave it a new life. I am absolutely in love with the opening scene. The narration pairs with the beautiful onscreen images were the perfect way to set the somber yet romantic tone for the movie. Even the small song and tap numbers added such an innocently sweet and almost nostalgic mood to the whole film. This is a wonderous movie on paper and on screen.
I wouldn’t call this THE best movie of the year, but I do strongly believe that this may be ONE OF the best films of the year. Like Oscar worthy for sure.
All I’m going to say is, I want someone to flood their apartment for me. And, I want that score, because it the perfect accompaniment to the movie.
The only gripe I have with the movie is that the pacing is a bit slow. I fully understand the importance of exposition and buildup, but it just took too long to get started. And, there were many times throughout it seemed to lag in pacing and action.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
It should go without saying, this is one wet GOLDEN DOOR everyone should be running to go see. I am definitely placing bets on this film, during movie award season.