Tamara and I went to see The Shape Of Water today. It's a remarkable film, and more than merits the awards it has won. It's all of a piece, as well-crafted as classical Greek sculpture, and tells a marvelous story, a sort of fairytale for adults. I would rate it with the very best science fiction films, as good as Gattaca, and the visuals are simply stunning, scene by scene and in they way they tell the story. The soundtrack is wonderful as well, and the cast-- All I saw were the people they played.
And the story...! Simply remarkable. There was something familiar about it; not the plot or character, but something -- the tone, the heart of it: about halfway through, I realized it's a Theodore Sturgeon story. Not literally, but if you like Sturgeon's work, you'll like this film. It's a love story; it's a story about people doing the right thing, not always for good reasons, and about people who think they have good reasons for doing wrong. It's about recognizing the human in the alien and seeing the strangeness of everyday life.
If you haven't seen it, maybe you should.
4 months ago