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.
embracing the authentic self
interspecies understanding and communication
different is valuable
even monsters are worthy of love
love overcomes fear
people with no ‘voice’ can make a difference
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]
Descending, Holly Kelly
Shearwater, D.S. Murphy
Ingo, Helen Dunmore
Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale, Carolyn Turgeon
The Marked Ones, S.K. Munt
The Mermaid’s Sister, Carrie Anne Noble
Underneath: a merfolk tale, M.N. Arzú
Deep Blue, Jennifer Donnelly
Lost Voices, Sarah Porter
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