Initial Thoughts: And the winner for best picture goes to… The Shape of Water! I had initially seen clips from The Shape of Water at the Golden Globe awards, and then later at the Oscars. There was something so enchanting about this movie that drew me in completely. I had no idea what the movie was about, but I just had this feeling that I had to watch the movie! Not only did The Shape of Water win best picture, and best director at the Oscars, it also won for “Best Original Score” from Alexandre Desplat. I’m a huge sucker for movie scores, so this only elevated my obsession with seeing the movie. As it was not yet available to rent in Canada until March 13, I decided to read the movie novelization in the meantime.
It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.
Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.
But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming. ” – Goodreads
The Shape of Water is the movie novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s latest masterpiece, and includes all the beauty expected from a movie created by Guillermo del Toro. In 1962, in the height of the Cold War, a sea creature is brought from the Amazon to a laboratory in Baltimore to be studied. Only Elisa Esposito, a janitor who has been mute since childhood, has managed to communicate with the creature. Gradually, they bond and fall in love. But, the creature is hardly safe. Richard Strickland, the soldier responsible for capturing the creature, wants nothing more than to see the creature killed and vivisected. Will Elisa be able to save the creature? Continue reading