Movie Review: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water which is directed by Guillermo Del Toro won best picture at the 90th Academy Awards.

The story took place in 1963, during the cold war, when a mute woman, Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), worked in a government laboratory as a cleaning woman. At a young age, a serious illness took Elisa’s voice and she has since lived alone in silence. Her friends are an old painter, Frank Hoyt (Nick Searcy) and colleague, Zelda Delilah Fuller (Octavia Spencer).

One day, an alarm sounds for a high alert in the lab and a mysterious pot which is full of water is discovered. Elisa is shocked by the discovery that the jar contains a strange creature which is a half man and half fish. Under the leadership of Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), a scientist team wants to extract materials to make biogical weapons from the monster. However, in Elisa’s eyes, it reflects her lonely life and she feels a connection. As the movie progresses, feelings develop between Elisa and the monster.

The Shape of Water’s creative idea comes from Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus in 2011, after a breakfast between them and they wrote the novel Trollhunters later. It shows some similarities to the short film “The Space Between Us in 2015 and Rachel Ingalls novel “Mrs. Caliban”. Its main inspiration comes from Del Toro’s childhood memories of “Creature from the Black Lagoon and the success of “Gill Man” in the romance genre. When Del Toro talked about the remarkable directing of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” with Universal, he tried to launch a perspective focused on the monster in a version where the monster ends up with the heroine, but the head of the studio rejected this concept.

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