Movie – The Shape Of Water [REVIEW] – A Fairy Tale For Troubled Times

IMDB Rating: 7,4/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Guillermo del ToroVanessa Taylor
Stars: Sally HawkinsOctavia SpencerMichael Shannon


When it comes to The Shape Of Water, I don’t really know that Oscar seems to bring the Oscar just like in they did in the past. The Shape Of Water is classified as a cliche movie and can be said as a cult-classic in the future even this film is able to get many awards and is able to bring the awareness of the world. There is no interesting or extraordinary idea given in this film, but Guillermo Del Toro shows a cheap element romance stories which I usually see on the local television and is able to do it so gracefully from its visual appearance. This is yet another creature and fantasy type of movie where Guillermo Del Toro always gives us movies like this before Pacific Rim such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. The Shape Of Water is one of the most gorgeous films of the year.

“The Shape Of Water,” set in the Cold War era in America in 1962. At a government high-security laboratory, Elisa was a loner who worked as a janitor in the place. She is same a mute princess who is trapped in a life of isolation. Her life changed forever as she and her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discovered a secretly classified experiment.

Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg in The Shape of Water (2017)

Guillermo Del Toro once again shows a simple story as it is. This is just a movie about a human being who had sex with a fish. And yes, I’m being serious in here. The premise is kinda dumb for me because this is more like a cheap and crappy romance fiction story that I often see on local television. It’s predictable and I don’t find interesting stuff in the aspect. The setting takes place in the Cold War era between the United States and the Soviet Union. But again, I didn’t feel such an atmosphere in the film even though the film showed its classic features such as films, cars model, and property. But, there is nothing to do with that. Even though in terms of the story it seems predictable from the beginning to the end and the time setting that doesn’t really feel as if living in the cold war era. The Shape of Water is one of the most interesting movies like enjoying a cult classic with its increasingly modern details. This is similar to Beauty And The Beast, a love story that doesn’t look at class or creature between the two beloved. Any social issues can be packaged very well in this movie. It’s like enjoying a fairy tale story such as Snow White, Cinderella, or other Disney classic but it’s packed into an adult audience because it has some explicit content. This film offers a charming and uplifting story about social issues against minorities and others. Between two characters whose are in different races, they all have one another’s weaknesses so they meet each other. The Shape Of Water isn’t too depth if it’s related to it but can be a reference.

Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water (2017)

Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito, not too great but her acting is incredible. There is nothing she can do a lot in this movie regardless because she only uses gesture with sign language. Her character also has a sympathy as if we care about her. She is like a sleeping princess but her prince who becomes an innocent creature. Doug Jones as an amphibious man also previously played as Hellboy who was also directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Not too great as Sally Hawkins apart from his makeup and his mind-blowing and gorgeous visual effect. Octavia Spencer as Zelda (not Zelda from The Legend Of Zelda) is good with her role having personal problems with her family despite her character being a supporting character for Sally Hawkins. Michael Shannon is great as an antagonist. Although he is an antagonist, he is also the only one who makes you care because he isn’t just an antagonist but he is also a real character who has a family. Michael Stuhlbarg is awesome using two languages ​​which are also a support character for Sally Hawkins. Richard Jenkins is one of the best that has a resemblance to the amphibian man and sometimes, they sharing some experience with those who feel lost and have stains. This is one of the films with has a similar line including the creature from Creature From The Black Lagoon. It reminds you of a cult classic as well as playable characters which have a sign language without any dialogue but will be one of the classics for the future. With the visuals presented so attractively, the film has a dark element with the use of almost entirely dark saturation. This is about an imaginary tale about fantasy and dreams, a couple of different folks who live their relationship as well as coupled with vision by Guillermo Del Toro.


Overall, The Shape Of Water is indeed an overhyped one among the Oscars which also causes some people don’t admit the fact that this film is the Best Picture. Guillermo Del Toro’s visual appearance is so gorgeous which it gives a classic fairy tale story which is enjoyed by children but not too. This is one of the truly brilliant from a visual effect. A series of easy listening and so romantic music reminds a story which happened in classical times with full of melodrama. Although is predictable with some flaws that are not built in, this is about love that does not look at anyone and does not look at someone.

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