The verdict is out for The Shape of Water. It has 13 Oscar nominations; this fantasy movie about a mute janitor falling in love with an imprisoned sea creature is one of the forerunners for the 90th Oscar celebration. The movie has also received nominations for Best Picture and Best Direction.
The director Guillermo del Torro has taken almost 60 years to turn “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” in a lovely picture which will compete with Meryl-starrer The Post and Darkest Hour. Sally Hawkins is probably in one of the her best roles where she plays the role of mute Elisa, a cleaner who is attracted to a gill monster who has an appetite for household pets.
The whole film is explored in various shades of green. Del Toro is known for his magic epics like ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’. And throughout the movie you will find a number of familiar references like ET, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Beauty and the Beast. All those who watch the film will find some familiar elements in this movie.
And if not anything, this film can be considered as a monster movie. If you love something dark and murky, then Shape of Water might be your cup of tea. You can witness a little deviation as the monster is dragged into the zone of rom-com, but watch the movie for its brilliant conceptualization.
And because it is one of those movies which combine magic and a bit of extraordinary, this is a must-watch.