The Shape of Water – Review



The Shape of Water is the new highly-spoken film directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. Winner in Venice 2017, the film has spoken of itself for having twelve BAFTA nominations and thirteen at the Academy Awards, or the Oscars.

The story,

which you will all know by now, is not the most original. A cleaning lady is in love with a sea monster, which is the subject of experiments in a government building in which the woman, called Elisa, works. This is the story, but at the same time no. In fact to think of this film as one of love, as an aquatic remake of The Beauty a and the Beast, it is very simplistic because there is much more. Elisa is, in fact, dumb and orphan. His only friends are her neighbor, who is a homosexual illustrator, and an African-American colleague, Zelda. And this is very important.

In fact, contrary to what many people say, it is important that they are different, in fact diversity is one of the most important theme. Del Toro introduces us to people for what they are: PEOPLE, LIVING BEINGS. With a life, things they love, things they hate. We have Elisa, mute, but with a passion for cinema (she lives up to a theater), as well as for TV. We see his habitual life and the film talks about her sexuality, her desires, with this red color that appears a bit ‘everywhere. Add all on shoes, an object that Elisa looks forward to in one of the very first scenes. And it’s important, that red color is important.

Let’s move on to Zelda, an African-American woman who often complains about her husband. It is very handsome as a character and funny, as well as divinely interpreted by Octavia Spencer. It is here the difference of the character is overcome, almost does not concern us that she is colored, but she’s often “insulted” for this

Finally there is Giles, the homosexual neighbor. Come well bought understood, his homosexuality disappears at our look. We watch him with Elisa watching TV, see him flirting and even struggling to find a new job. He is an illustrator, but in those years now photography was going.

Obviously important figure is the man-amphibian, that is the marine creature of which Elisa falls in love, he also is different, since it is not a human being, he seems threatening, but in reality he is kind and intelligent.

Instead the most normal character of all, Colonel Strickland, a white heterosexual man with a beautiful wife and two children, is the one that suits the worst, as well as the non-normal.

I really liked this thing to represent diversity as banal, it exalts it in its banality.

Another theme, quite common in Del Toro’s films, is communication. Elisa is silent, can not communicate with anyone but with the only people in her life: Zelda and Giles, who in turn, can communicate little, because she is black and he must hide his homosexuality. Even the “monster” does not speak, but with Elisa manages to find a common point and a sign to communicate, by obvious gestures, but they do it. Proof that love comes where hatred and violence can’t even aspire.

Also in this film there are many references to films, myths of all time. Beautiful, you can really do ten thousand analyzes and a few.

Let’s move on to directing. WONDERFUL! The first minute of film is enough to melt people. The camera moves well and even the actors. I really have nothing to say to Del Toro if not chapeau.

Beautiful cinematography, really. Beautiful shooting and beautiful colors. Blue and red dominate. Water and love, passion. The two colors with which we can describe this fairy tale-horror. Beautiful music, really, and beautiful the way they used it, so nice sound.

Then I found beautiful scenographies, really well built and realistic. They make you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 60s, as well as the costumes. Also nice makeup, nice visual effects and I really appreciated the editing, even the sound.

In short, it is well deserved all thirteen Oscar nominations.

By closing, this film really liked me. Superficially it may seem trivial, but it is not, because it offers really many food for thought on many topics, political and otherwise. You just need to understand where and with what eyes to look. So go see it.

Rating: 90/100

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