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The Shape of Water Review – Monsters and Love

The Shape of Water review

Do monsters fall in love? Can a human love a monster?  According to The Shape of Water, the answer to both those questions is, ‘yes.’

The Shape of Water is “an adult fairy tale for troubled times,” says Guillermo del Toro of the story for which he is most proud.

The Shape of Water is a feel-good must-see for monster lovers, lovers of love stories, and sci-fi fans.

The film’s color palette, the 1960’s cold wartime period, and costuming blend beautifully with the superbly crafted monster in a nostalgic tale of beauty and the beast. The shape of Guillermo’s story encompasses lonely, voiceless, disabled outsiders banding together for a greater good—saving an intelligent misunderstood and endangered creature.

In an interview, del Toro commented, “Success and failure are doors that stand side-by-side. You knock and see what happens.”

Happily, for its creator and for audiences everywhere the project turned out to be a resounding success. It is entertainment at its best with important messages…for troubled times.

 

Additional Themes: 

embracing the authentic self

self-acceptance

interspecies understanding and communication

different is valuable

even monsters are worthy of love

love overcomes fear

people with no ‘voice’ can make a difference

 

End Poem: 
Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere.

Read More:
Curious how life after the shootout continued for Elisa, Giles, Zelda, and Aqua Man? Click here to read the entire the Shape of Water Continued – a fan fiction short story.

Mermaid Book Reading List  

[in order as mentioned in the video]

Mermaid books

Descending, Holly Kelly
http://amzn.to/2ofuQH3

Shearwater, D.S. Murphy
http://amzn.to/2Ct3ORG

Ingo, Helen Dunmore
http://amzn.to/2EAZKVb

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale, Carolyn Turgeon
http://amzn.to/2FaLhMR

The Marked Ones, S.K. Munt
http://amzn.to/2EB3lmb

The Mermaid’s Sister, Carrie Anne Noble
http://amzn.to/2C63lsG

Underneath: a merfolk tale, M.N. Arzú
http://amzn.to/2C7neQj

Deep Blue, Jennifer Donnelly
http://amzn.to/2HsR9lA

Lost Voices, Sarah Porter
http://amzn.to/2BBbXGR

 

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