Some might find the story of The Shape of Water a cliché. But believe me, Guillermo del Toro’s latest masterpiece offers an experience that’s so much more than that.
The Shape of Water Synopsis
Mute cleaner Elisa Esposito’s dreary life is flipped upside-down when she encounters a humanoid amphibian in the secret laboratory she’s assigned to clean. Intrigued by the mysterious creature, she attempts to communicate with it via food and music, and soon falls deeply in love with the strange being. On discovering the laboratory’s intention to vivisect the creature, she convinces her neighbour and best friend to help smuggle her new love out of the laboratory. Her rescue efforts are quickly complicated by other staff members also having a personal interest in the creature. One of which is a ruthless colonel intended on personally slaughtering the creature.
Have you ever been entranced by aquatic beauty? Say, while gazing at the largest enclosure inside an oceanium? Or if you could afford it, when within a submarine journeying across a serene reef?
Have you ever been mesmerised by the undulating splendour? A world in which everything seems to be in constant movement. Where every light and every shade plays a part in bringing that splendour to life?
If you have and you enjoyed it, then you’d probably love The Shape of Water. As I did.
I believe so not just because of Sally Hawkins’ immaculate performance, or that … imaginative bathroom scene. It’s the surreal fluidity permeating the whole movie. Through a combination of lights, colours, music, and cinematography, Guillermo del Toro’s latest masterpiece radiates an allure that is frankly, quite impossible to resist.
What’s doubly impressive is that this is a story that’s as predicable as it can get. You can easily guess how it’s going to pan out before the movie is even halfway through. And yet, one can’t stop craving more, if only because it is such a luscious, sensual viewing experience.
Is this itself proof that del Toro will go down in cinematic history as one of the most accomplished directors ever? Again, I believe so. I strongly do. Frankly, I’d be very surprised at anyone who feels otherwise.
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