The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
A Thinly Veiled Metaphor for the White Devil Myth
White people are annoying. Now more than ever. We got middle aged, bald white dudes in Oakley sunglasses buying brand new Ford, Chevy, and Dodge pick up trucks to drive their fat asses around in; guzzling gas, polluting our air, warming our planet. They ride around like they’re in some right wing fantasy, war zone of the mind.
We got an anti-working class, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-environment, anti-progress, anti-logic, anti-Christ, White President.
We got a white, greasy, Fossil Fuel Industry/NRA owned and operated White House, Senate, and House of Representatives bending over the poor, raping Mother Earth, and giving vigor to Gun Nuts and Nazi Sympathizers.
We got white Soccer Moms driving huge SUV's with American Flags flapping as they poison the very air their own kids are breathing.
Basically we got a Trump inspired, redneck revolution of White Hillbilly entitlement.
And it's Gross.
I get it. I do.
If ever there were a time when I thought the white man was/is The Devil like Malcolm X talked about back in the 60's: It's NOW.
And I guess that's why The Shape of Water is a thinly veiled metaphor for the whole White Devil narrative.
I found the movie a bit offensive at first, but in retrospect: What the fuck else does anyone expect?
White people are acting like the god damn Devil, so why wouldn't this very good Mexican film maker, Del Toro, create an intricate tale of nature-hating, war mongering, homophobic, racist White People who are trying to kill an innocent Fish Man just for being a Fish Man????
Del Toro's got a pretty good fuckin' point too! Don't he?!
Quick recap: Elisa (Spanish Woman) is a mute (disabled), isolated woman (#metoo) who works as a cleaning lady (working poor) in a hidden, high-security government laboratory (Devilish) in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret: a mysterious, fish man (Nature/God) from South America that lives in a water tank. There is a Government agent, played by the brilliant Michael Shannon (The Devil) who wants to kill / dissect the creature for no real reason (Trump) and Elisa tries to stop him.
Elisa also has a Black Woman friend who she cleans floors with. The black woman is a very likable, virtuous, character (of course).
Elisa also has a lonely Gay Neighbor Guy who really has no use at all in the movie other than to be a Gay Neighbor Guy who has a crush on some Pie Shop Waiter (another White Devil) who is a terrible homophobe and racist all in the same scene for no real reason related to the story other than to promote Del Toro's White Devil Narrative.
Again: Who can blame him???
So, what did I think about the movie?
Well, who cares what I think really? It was nominated for 13 Oscars. I'm just some knucklehead with a blog.
But to go on record: I really enjoyed the film.
The set up was very compelling. The Cinematography was beautiful. The set design was a little over the top at times, but who cares?
The Second act got a little boring, but the third act was VERY fast paced and exciting and the movie's climax was totally suspenseful and satisfying. I thought the last 30 minutes of the movie made up for any pacing issues and/or unnecessary female masturbation scenes (there's a few).
It was directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.
The film stars Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon who both give AWESOME performances. Particularly Shannon, who I think is just one of the best villainous, bad guy actors since James Cagney. This dude is scary in everything he's ever done and I love him in this movie. The acting that he does with his eyes and face is worth the price of admission alone.
Anyway: that's my review. I gotta go to work now. Go see the movie if you haven't already and we can talk about it later.
Meanwhile: Save the Drama 4 Your Mama!