May feature minor spoilers!
I’ve decided to start a series called ‘Movie Mondays’, where every other Monday I’ll post a review of a film, either old or new. I love films and I watch a lot of them, I also love giving my opinion, so I thought why not combine the two?
This weeks review is on the Oscar winning film, The Shape of Water. Before I start, I just want to say that there is a reason this film has won over 100 awards, including 4 Oscars (Best picture, Director, original music and production design). There is certainly something special about it. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy) I wouldn’t expect anything else.
The film is set in the 1960’s and stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaner at a top secret research facility. Here Sally’s character, Elisa, connects with an amphibious creature being held captive by Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon).
One of the first things you notice when you start watching the film is the colours. Everything has a blue/green hue to it. Elisa’s whole apartment is blue/green. Her journey to work includes green buses, shop fronts, neon lights, and even when she gets to work the interior of the research lab has green hues to it. Even her work uniform is a turquoise colour. The colours obviously have quite significant meanings and represent a lot. I have a personal idea of what they mean, but I’m not sure if I’m in the right lane or if I’m way off. But I also believe that films allow personal interpretation, just like books, poems and songs.
Personally I believe that the colours green and blue represent something fake or untrue. For example Elisa’s whole world is blue until she truly falls in love with the creature, then everything she wears is red. Which could represent Love and truth. The same goes for Giles (Richard Jenkins), he draws the jelly on the poster as red, but gets told that green is the future and is influenced to paint the jelly green instead, by the same company that fired him for being gay, this would insinuate that he is being told to cover up his identity. Along with this we also see him become addicted to key lime pie, which is neon green, but when he shows himself as a gay man to the waiter at the restaurant the pie he eats has a red colour to it, again backing up my theory of green = lie and red = truth.
The whole story does have some very obvious cliche moments, but I don’t think there’s a film out there that isn’t cliche in at least some way. Besides this though, the film is beautifully shot and the acting is spectacular. Sally Hawkins give a lovely performance through body language and facial expressions. Even the legendary Donatella Versace herself recommends it, so I would totally check it out if I were you.
So definitely go check it out and make your own mind up about it, but I’m certain you’ll appreciate the aesthetic and beauty of the cinematography. It’s so eye catching.
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