This month was my pick of the movie to watch with my brother Jeff. In keeping with the water theme from last month, I chose The Shape of Water.
I really knew nothing about the movie except that there were a number of awards and some of it was filmed in Hamilton. But it qualified in the ‘had to be something about water’ department. (see the New Years Resolution – March post)
I had not even read the summary.
Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
We settled in to watch.
I did enjoy the movie. There were a couple of plot points that made us go – ‘nope, now I don’t believe you’ and it wasn’t about the water creature that was found. As kids we are told to ‘turn off the tap before you flood the place’ and it looks like the grownups were right. Uncareful bathroom tap turnoff-ing can result in disaster.
It looked like a realistic portrayal of the 1960s and I loved seeing our City Hall in the one scene. There was a fair amount of tension in the plot. There were good guys and bad guys and standing up for what is right and even an inter-species love story. We thought it was going to have a disappointing ending but – no – the ending was all wrapped up in a nice (if not wet) bow.
We thought that it was not a GREAT movie but the point is that we watch a movie together and see if we can get something out of it and for that, it succeeded.
Looking forward to next month and seeing what movie Jeff will pick.