The Shape Of Water | Watch Now
Posted January 22, 2018 52
The main characters in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water may be mute, the film is anything but. Through music, The Shape of Water most clearly asserts itself as a romance and, in del Toro’s words, “a love letter to love and cinema.”
The film takes place in the early 1960s prior to John F. Kennedy’s assassination, centered around a woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who was rendered mute as an infant and now works as a janitor at a government facility. When the facility becomes home to an amphibious creature (Doug Jones), she finds a kindred spirit and, what’s more, begins to fall in love. The creature doesn’t speak any human language, but he and Elisa slowly come to understand each other through other means.
As Elisa, Hawkins is a mesmerizing presence, and even though she’s primarily a land-dweller, Alexandre Desplat’s score—along with the set design’s dreamy greens and blues— practically sets her afloat. The music is constantly moving, be it a series of arpeggios or other patterns mimicking the constant movement and rippling of water. The orchestration further drives home this aquatic sensibility with dreamy harp threads and flutes woven throughout the score.
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