It’s been a long hot summer, with the usual dose of super-hero movies and action. But now, with September already underway, the winds of change bring them with a promise for a new, magical film from one of the world’s most loved directors, Guillermo del Toro. The former Mexican director has not had it easy, too, with quite a few initiatives that never managed to get off the ground, and the final demise of the third HELLBOY movie, or the underwhelming performance of his Crimson Peak project.
But all that is in the past, now that his latest movie, The Shape of Water, seems to be garnering a great deal of praise in its latest screenings, with some critics going as far as to say that it is the director’s best film since Pan’s Labyrinth. And if it lives up to its hype we finally have in store for us a heart-warming magical tale. Personally, we cannot wait until the movie comes out, on December 8th, 2017.
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
The trailer for the movie (because that is all we have to go by) calls to mind such wonderful movies set in France as Amelie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Aside from the excitement about a new fairy tale from del Toro, what strikes me as interesting is also the fact that there’s a woman in the lead roll, and the world did not collapse on itself. Secondly, it gives a representatin of disability on the big screen. “When he looks at me, he doesn’t know how I am incomplete. He sees me as I am,” says Elisa, the main protagonist. And this statement goes so much beyond simply commenting on disability. For who of us has not felt or does not sometimes feel incomplete. And don’t we all wish to feel more complete? Don’t we all desire to be seen for who we are, as we are?
In short, we will be keeping an eye out for this movie, as its debut comes along and we could all see it.