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From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones. Written by
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Sensational director Guillermo del Toro is back to his roots with The Shape of Water. And it's making a serious splash
Sensational director Guillermo del Toro is back to his roots with The
Shape of Water. And it's making a serious splash.
The Shape of Water takes audiences back to the fairy-tale style of
earlier movies. The story explores the relationship between mute
cleaner Elsa and the creature at the government facility where she
works. The premise and plot are a little bizarre, but comfortably so.
The plot seems interwoven around some deeper message, as is the case
with most of his movies. But there is no explicit social commentary. It
is the audience's job to fill that gap.
The cold war backdrops The Shape of Water, but it never delves too deep
into the background conflict. The cold war element of the movie serves
more as a cinematic backdrop than a scathing social commentary, like in
Del Toro uses a generous amount of tropes, especially regarding Michael
Shannon's classic bad- guy role. But with the lighter tone, the movie
is freer to explore other themes: love, unity, oneness. Or rather, we
are freer to explore the themes within the film.
The Shape of Water is at heart a love story, although it feels
abstracted enough as to be universally symbolic.
Neither the creature or Elsa can speak, and it is through this
commonality that they transcend differences of species. And
symbolically, other boundaries like race, class, gender, and sexuality.
But it's difficult to entirely indulge in the symbolism when the couple
grows more intimate with each other. Things get a little strange then,
but it's all light-hearted.
The creature design was also the best we've seen yet from del Toro. He
has always favoured physical costume design over post-production. The
amphibian man is no different. He looks all the more real for his
physical design. This feels homelier amidst the huge shift towards
digital effects in modern cinema. There is still some digital effects,
but they aren't noticeable. The amphibian man is of course played by
long-time collaborator, Doug Jones, who plays nearly all of del Toro's
monsters. His acting is impeccable, as is lead actress Sally Hawkins's.
The relationships between other characters is excellently written and
performed. The one-sided dialogue between Elsa and every other
character is surprisingly evocative. This puts all the more emphasis on
Elsa and the amphibian man's relationship.
The colour scheme of the movie really sets it out visually. The vast
majority of the sets are coloured entirely in varying shades of blue
and green: a kind of teal. This reflects the coldness of the outside
world, the coldness of water, and also the historical context.
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