This year we had some spectacular movies at Oscar Academy Award, yet, Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water managed to size the main prize. At the peak of political, gender and racial turmoil, this movie depicts how differences can be neglected and that all living beings can coexist together. The initial voiceover sends us deep in the past, in a small city near the coats, far from everything else. The movie plot is set in the U.S, in the early 60s. With the cold war and space race happening between Russia and America, this is a story of love, loss, pain, suffering and the monster who tried to destroy it all.
Sally Hawkins plays an orphan Elisa Esposito, a girl who lost her voice and who was one day found by the river. With the peculiar scars on the neck, no one knows what happened to her, but probably is the key to her silence. Elisa lives above the Orpheum cinema, and her first neighbor, Giles, is the artists who lost both, his hair and his job and spend his time watching Bojangles.
The main character works as a cleaner at the Occam aerospace research facility where she mops the floors. But, when the researchers capture a strange creature, amphibian, from the Amazon for the research, Elisa develops a somewhat unusual connection with him. She soon starts to experience erotic dreams, followed by music and creature’s plaintive cry.
The movie combines two unimaginable things, the love story between monster and human. We have seen many films featuring the similar plot, but this is the first who managed to capture the hearts of spectators around the world. The storyline might seem ridiculous and unreal, but at the same time it’s magical and works magnificently.
Dell Toro’s creation of Shape of Water is a cry for help, and the monster in the movie can be anyone of us. It doesn’t matter who your soulmate is, but one question imposes, are you brave enough to accept all differences and imperfections along the way. May this movie serve us as the foundation for future decisions.