I wonder why the 1960s America under President Kennedy’s Administration should be shown in Movies to be having all the secret projects to themselves – a recent one I saw was with Ascension.
Let me say it first, The Shape of Water (2017) may not be a movie for everyone. It is a fantasy story that happens in the 1960s, about the unexplainable bond that develops between a young Hispanic lady and a human-like Amphibian discovered in the South American jungle. The creature is brought to a secret military research facility in Baltimore, and the young lady is a maid working in the housekeeping department. US Military wants to study the creature to learn its ability to breath both in water and outside, which may be useful in their ongoing space programs. While the Soviet Union has deployed a spy inside the facility to extract the discovery before the Americans. Director Guillermo del Toro has tried to navigate this maze of events, he just about manages to do it. Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito, the cleaning maid has played the role well.
If we had a chance to understand the creature, how it feels that would’ve helped us to build a connection to it – without which we are unable to feel the emotion – few scenes were sickening for me. The film could’ve been a lot shorter, it felt to me to be dragging for no apparent reason.
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