I have friends who try like hell to drag me into this millennium.
It’s tough and thankless duty.
I immerse myself happily in “Thin Man” movies, and CASABLANCA, and Mexican monster movies, and 70’s/80’s giallo gems from Europe, and just about anything Fellini touched. My playlist includes Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (and Bing Crosby for that matter), Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, Joni Mitchell, Carmen McRae, and Luciano Pavarotti. I avidly devour books by Kerouac, Edgar Wallace, Tolkein, Didion, and Hurston.
But thankfully, my obstinate friends insist I read Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Neal Stephenson, listen to Anais Mitchell and Anat Cohen…
…and watch THE SHAPE OF WATER.
I love this film.
It’s a love story with monsters…river monsters and 1960’s Cold War-driven human monsters.
It’s the logical extension of THE CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON sans the inexplicable white swimsuit or any swimsuit at all for that matter.
It’s a love story that finally answers the question; “Which came first, the chicken or…?” SPOILER ALERT; it’s the egg.
It’s as dark in palette as BLADE RUNNER and as wholesome as Fred and Ginger.
Thank you to Guillermo Del Toro for directing and writing this film.
Thank you to my friends for tugging me out of the house and the comforts of the 20th century.