Gospel Truth: The Shape Of Water is One of the Best Films of This Year!
Gospel Truth: The Shape Of Water is One of The Best Films of This Year!
The Shape of Water is a new film by Guillermo Del Toro that focuses on a woman falling in love with a creature of the sea. If that sentence doesn’t sell you on this film then you are a crazy person because The Shape of Water is incredible. Granted, Guillermo Del Toro has been known to produce enchanting film after film such as Pan’s labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Crimson Peak, and so many more! Each film goes beyond the normal expectation of their chosen genre, typically in a darker story telling fashion.
An other-worldly fairy tale, 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. – IMDB
I loved every aspect of this film from the fact that it had the feel of a classic monster movie to the 1960s cold war era and the cast of characters who were all diverse in their own ways! Sally Hawkins knocked it out of the park in her role of Elisa. Prior to the screening I had assumed that she was a starry eyed young woman who falls in love with the creature over time but within the first few minutes of the film it is revealed that she is actually mute, a humble maid, and witty. It is through her facial expressions and actions that spoke volumes about her character and by the end of the film you knew far more about her than the rest of the cast and the woman never utters a word.
The surrounding cast did a great job in their roles as well from Michael Shannon as the villainous agent Richard Strickland whose sole purpose is to keep an eye on the creature. Richard Jenkins as Giles who is Elisa’s neighbor and good friend, Octavia Spencer as Zelda who is her friend and co-worker. It is rare in a film that every character that graces the screen is unique and entertaining the entire film but in the Shape of Water this is the case.
The actual sea creature is fascinating because it resembles the classic Creature of the Black Lagoon with scales, webbed hands, fish like eyes and more. Yet it has been updated with bio luminescence and unique abilities that are featured in the film. The entire time the only information about the creature is that it was found in South America with no other record of a similar being ever being found. I wanted to know so much more about this creature but the film offered no answers and yet it felt appropriate because in life we aren’t always given answers to all of life’s situations.
The tone of the film dances between drama and romance so much during the film with the drama involving humans and the romance with the intense monster. I absolutely enjoyed their transition for characters through out the film where the monster at the beginning of the film became this beautiful, exotic being while the dashing human turned into the unhinged grotesque beast of the man. “Who is the monster and who is the man?” is a constant theme!
Overall The Shape of Water was a fantastic watch and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that anyone who watches this film will enjoy themselves!