The Shape of Water is one of the most acclaimed films of 2017. It’s a twisted and dark, fantasy, romantic movie about a woman and an amphibian-man.
I call it twisted only because it’s a different kind of love story; a sort of beauty-and-the-beast type only that this beast doesn’t turn into a man in the end.
The movie is also retro science fictional depicting the height of the Cold War, as the United States and Russia are locked in competition to send the first man into space in the 60s.
There is a lot going on behind the scenes with scientists from either side rushing against time to outdo each other, and espionage is at its old school peak as both governments also try to get an edge over the other’s progress through sabotage.
Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is a lady who was found by the river with scars on her neck as a baby, and raised an orphan. She lives in an apartment in Baltimore and her neighbour, Giles (Richard Jenkins) is her closest friend. She works as a cleaner at a laboratory in the city that carries out America’s most secret and downright cruel experiments to get ahead in the Space Race.
At work she has the always chatty and bubbly, but has stern Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer), a fellow cleaner, to keep her company all day. Zelda is not only her friend but also tries to mother her in some way, almost trying to protect her – seeing her ‘vulnerability’ – in the workspace that is predominantly male.
The two mostly go unnoticed and are only called upon whe