Set in the segregated 60s, The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning woman who develops a bond with an other-species being who is a test subject at the government research facility where she works. Friends, spies, neighbors, supervisors and colleagues become allies and obstacles when she decides to aid his escape in this riveting tale of love, friendship, power and transformation (rebirth, unbirth).
-Story- The movie’s captivating chain of events unfolds beautifully.
-Transformation Theme: All of the characters undergo transformations, rebirths and unbirths. The visuals and dialogue that accent these moments are treat to watch.
-The Era: either movies get too wrapped up in their depiction of racial tensions in US history (aka white savagery), or they don’t do it enough justice and simply gloss over them and use them as elemental anecdotes to set a scene. This movie does the latter, and while it doesn’t take away from the film, it’s premise or its characters, it takes away from my experience, so swerve.
Runtime 123 min, R, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy
🔥🔥🔥🔥(out of 5)
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