'The Shape of Water' Trailer Shows an Old Story Told in a New Way
A trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water appeared today and it is kind of mesmerizing. The trailer follows a mute woman named Elisa, played by Sally Hawkins (Godzilla, Happy-Go-Lucky), to her custodial job in a secret government facility during the Cold War. Her and her friend, played by Octavia Spencer (you know her), accidentally discover some sort of humanoid fish-man thing that the government is keeping in a tank.
Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) plays the evil and heartless government official who does experiments on it and is constantly talking about how it isn't human and therefore you should hate it and not care about it.
Now, as the headline states, this is an old story. It has been done many times in many ways, most recently in Okja (click here to listen to our episode on that), but I think there's a reason for that. Personally, I am a big fan of the story; I love the secret government jerks versus the every-man mentality, love triumphing over power will always be one of the greatest movie themes of all time, but I also enjoy seeing the minor tweaks to it.
Every director and writer brings their own idea and flavor to this classic story and Guillermo Del Toro's is unlike any other. He has combined his unique, albeit "Bio-Shock-y" visuals with a rare ability to get across a lot of emotion with very little dialogue.
I might not be rushing out to the theater to see this movie, but I have a feeling that when I do eventually see it, it will leave an impression on me.