The Shape of Water: I'm not as gaga as other people

in films •  18 days ago

While I really enjoyed this film and especially like the directing style of Guillermo del Toro, I am not as enthralled by it as it seems most people are. Don't get me wrong: I think it is great and I recommend others watch it as well. I just don't think it was as epic as the professional critics are making it out to be.

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Del Toro is famous in my mind for his work with Pan's Labyrinth, which, if you don't know what that is go check it out because that was epic. In this one he uses a similar style but uses only one non-human in the Shape of Water. The film is absolutely beautiful, the acting is excellent and the musical score is wonderful. So now I guess i will move on to what it was about this film that bothered me.

The lead character Elisa, is a mute who lands a job as a cleaner at a government facility. It turns out this facility is a top-secret government facility that has a top-secret creature in it.

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A love story ensues between the two of them and blah blah blah, you know the routine here. Watch the movie in order to see if you are grossed out by it or not. I wasn't necessarily turned off by the beastiality because love knows no boundaries i guess. The problem I had was this:

Elisa and her cleaning crew seem to kind of come and go as they please inside of a top-secret government facility. Sure Elisa is concerned about getting caught but she seems to spend hours upon hours in the off limits room just hanging out and no one ever seems to take notice. She even brings in record players to entertain Merman with.

I personally worked for several U.S. Federal government agencies and their security and mistrust of their employees is absurd and absolute. If i brought in an unapproved pencil it would be taken off of me by security. Something the size of a record player? Forget that.

In my job there were certain rooms that we were not allowed to make copies in despite the fact that other than the copy machines, there was nothing else in the room (or was there? Maybe there was a secret entrance to an underground lair in that room!) The security protocols in place would never allow for any members of the staff to be capable of just wandering into a room that housed an extremely important aspect of the military in it - For cleaners or anyone else.

So i suppose I should just suspend my disbelief for the sake of a story but this, in my mind, was kind of like the ubiquitous "tripping over a log while running away from a killer in the woods." It was just too impractical for me to accept the rest of the film and I suppose that is my fault because it was necessary for Elisa to be a low-ranking member of the facility in order for the love story to be as impactful as it was.

There was also the scene where she is able to fill up an entire room with water in her apartment and the impracticality behind this was just maddening to me.

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Her bathroom is relatively large and yet it completely fills up with water in, i dunno, half an hour or so. I remembered while watching this scene a time in my own life regarding water. I was trying to fill up a 4x11 meter swimming pool using 2 hoses at full blast and it took several days. Also, presuming that the door to the bathroom is not, in-fact, submarine-grade cast iron but is instead made of wood and with a standard latch it is pretty remarkable that it was capable of keeping what was bound to be about 80,000 lbs of water inside the room without breaking. I flashed back to college when my roommate had a bar with a fish-tank in it, and put it in the center of the room where the structural integrity of building is weakest, we could hear the support beams creaking and one of them snapped and collapsed into the apartment below us (we stopped filling up the tank at that point.)

Maybe I am being a jerk here but when i watch movies, practicality is something that I need in my storylines. Sorry, but this is the way that I am.

The movie is beautiful and if you can ignore the fact that the military is definitely NOT as laid back about security as is presented in the movie and if you don't have a problem ignoring fundamentals of physics then I think it will be worth watching.

It did win Best Picture after all.

7 / 10

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The Shape Of Water is a unique kind of film, it combines the elements of a fantasy heist film, with some musical moments, and an awkward fantasy romance at times. The story telling and characters are all interesting and Michael Shannon delivers and excellent, psychotic, compelling, and violent kind of bad guy. The visual effects and creature design are amazing and incredible, all part of Guillermo del Toro's unique vision. Another excellent addition to Guillermo del Toro's collection of fantasy masterpieces.

I have seen the movie, I also wondered how she was able to fill the whole bathroom with and only affected the Cinema beneath the bathroom and no leakages in the bathroom door.
Such a high graded facility with no security and the scientist who was a double agent.
While escaping with the merman, the shifting of camera makes me wonder why they didn't check the recordings to see who was in the room before the security breach.

It is an awesome movie, when both of them were killed at the end, the merman came back to life and took her into the waters and brought her back to life too. I wonder what happens next, if they both lived under the sea or she came back to her home. Nice movie though

Wow @gooddream I have seen the movie once, I remember the scene when the girl dies in the end and the merman comes to save her. These types of romantic endings are my favorite. Though I did not like the scientific part in the beginning haha. Not a big fan of fiction. Well you are doing a great job keep up the good work.

Still haven't seen it, hopefully soon I like his other movies

Wow , the shape of water? The title is captivating
Watching the trailer like right away . Thanks for the review
What a chemistry , what a connection.

I just saw the movie trailer the effects are really mesmerizing. I think I will like the story plot. This movie is rated 7 by you looks like you kind of liked it too. Well, I will look forward to watch this soon.

Ahah, this movie indeed as some impractical things in it. Government security organization is not something anyone can go wandering about in but i guess they did it that way because they couldnt think of another way to give them time and Avenue for their romance to develop. Another thing wrong with filling the entire bathroom with water is the door, water i have learnt is very good at escaping and would definitely find away under the door in most cases. Lol... would check it out though, i always love beauty and the beast kinda movies

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I had not seen her even when her prize, I was interested in her for her nominations, I downloaded her and started to see her, it's really good, I have her on my list of the best movies I've seen, Guillermo del Toro deserves a statue for his great work, he is a Latin American pride. One of the great

I saw the movie and pra tastes, colors, that is, it's good but I did not see that magic that everyone talks about as a better movie, it's good if, what really impressed me was the effects that the creature has, it was really great to be a Latin movie was a great character

I liked the loce aspect of this movie, however the impracticalities as you have already mentioned is way too eerie for a greats minds to appreciate the movies as it is uspposed to, the ending too was just pathethic, Elisa gets shoot and gets revived in water by Merman who supposedly has power of life? Man like seriously even the Avengers don't have such power, well maybe they ll add hik to the Avengers😄

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