“ The Shape of Water ”: Guillermo del Toro’s New Water Creature Love Story
The “Pan’s Labyrinth” director has another creature feature for us to devour. Fantasy czar Guillermo del Toro is following up “Crimson Peak” with another mystical romance. The trailer for the director’s latest film, “The Shape of Water” looks stunning. Sally Hawkins plays a mute woman trapped in a life of silence and isolation, with a monotonous job cleaning a covert government facility. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Life for her begins to perk up when she takes interest in a mysterious mer-creature (Doug Jones) subjected to wicked experiments at the hands of a scientist (Michael Shannon) who runs the laboratory. Naturally, she wants this scaly, spiked hostage freed. What could go wrong? Uh-Huh! Del Toro, who also made “Hellboy,” dropped out of his “Pacific Rim” sequel to make “The Shape of Water,” so it’s clearly a passion project.
He wrote it with “Game of Thrones” scribe Vanessa Taylor and the movie also stars Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg. Guillermo del Toro has tackled 1940s Spain with Pan’s Labyrinth, futuristic Earth with Pacific Rim, and gothic 19th-century England with Crimson Peak. Now, he’s turning his eye to Cold War America in 1963 with this next mysterious project. From master storyteller, is another-worldly fairy tale, this time set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.
Doug Jones (who plays the fish-man creature) shared some information about the movie plot during an interview that he conducted with Collider. “It’s a 1963 drama—it’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-of-kind. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. I’m being tested for how can they use me for advantages in military or space travel, or my technology—can we make this usable for humans? So, they’re trying to keep me a secret from the Russians.” Fish creatures aside, Jones went on to explain that the love story is really what is at the heart of “The Shape of Water.” “Meanwhile, there’s a love story that brews out of it, and that would be the cleaning lady played by Sally Hawkins. She comes and finds me, has sympathy on me, and then that’s the story that you’re really gonna follow with this whole backdrop.”
Another Fantasy Creature Love Story By Guillermo! Guaranteed To Be Spellbinding!
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
This producer has a way of forcing his audience to see beauty where most see ugliness and to find our compassion for his creatures. A great subliminal message he gets across to audiences that differences in species should be respected and cared about, regardless of what they look like. Hoping humanity might just get the hint?
Six of Pentacles: Inverted (Upside Down)
This sharing of love and gifts in partnership or union. Since pulled inverted, I believe it supports my above-mentioned statement of Guillermo forcing us to take a hard look at how we define love in our humanity.
Eight of Cups : Inverted
This is disappointment and leaving an unhappy situation. Since inverted, I feel the movie may actually have a feel-good ending, even if the creature doesn’t get the girl. Lol!
The Lovers : Inverted
This card pulled inverted represents the unusual representation of the love between the fish creature and the woman. A true representation of true love having no boundaries.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com