Harry and I decided to go to the cinema on Sunday to watch The Shape of Water. We weren’t sure what to expect really, we both just saw the trailer on TV; I saw a mermaid type thing and wanted to see it, and I’m not sure if Harry actually wanted to see it or wanted to make me happy, but he said he wanted to see it too.
Such a beautiful film! To be honest, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting (even though I didn’t know what that was), but that’s a good thing. It’s dark, but still has a bit of that fairytale whimsy about it. It does have elements of The Little Mermaid about it, but it was unique enough that nothing about the fairytale comes to mind when you watch it.
Without giving too much of it away, it’s set in 1962 Baltimore, and is sensitive to a lot of the social issues of that time. My first thought when the soundtrack started was that it reminded me of a Studio Ghibli film; it had that kind of attention to detail and beautiful way of portraying everyday objects, tasks and scenes. The similarity doesn’t extend to the plot or overall atmosphere though.
All in all, it was a beautiful film, yet not beautiful at the same time. It was disturbing at times, but gave you hope in the human spirit by the end. I’m pretty sure the reviews have been very good, and I can see why.