Review: The Shape of Water

Beauty and the Aqua Beast

This was a gorgeous, grown up fairytale that hit all the right notes for me. The original fairytales were dark and not a little grisly yet wondrous and often sublime — which is also an accurate description of this movie, although perhaps not so dark. In fact, there was a lightness about it, as if we were all suspended, relieved of the gravity of the world, even as we watched humanity’s ugliest tendencies play out. The movie is set in the 60’s, and there is no shirking from the realities of that time. But the beauty of the filmmaking refuted that ugliness, delivering a richly symbolic story that was a feast for the eyes and the heart.