We all grow up listening to fairy tales in books or even Disney films, but when was the last time a fairy tale was made with a modern day feel to it?
That’s what Guillermo del Toro wanted to do with his film ‘The Shape of Water’. The Master Director is known for monster and creature films, and this one is no different. Another del Toro film, Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale in every sense of the word, but could Guillermo make another?
‘The Shape of Water’ is the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaning lady who works with her friend Zelda (Spencer). They don’t really know what the facility that they work in even does, head by the strict Richard (Michael Shannon) and Dr Rober (Michael Stuhlbarg) but one day they bring in a new experiment, a creature (Doug Jones) to research. Elisa and the Creature fall in love and the story progresses.
Forbidden love is synonymous with fairy tales and this film has that. In the above interview, Guillermo del Toro explains how this film should be considered with the great fairy tales, Michal Stuhlbarg thinks that people will fall in love with the film, Michael Shannon says this film will make people think about that true love, Doug Jones talks about why del Toro always has a monster in his film and why he’s so inclined to play it, Finally Octavia Spencer tells us why del Toro is a master at this kind of film as well as what this movie says about society.
‘The Shape of Water’ releases December 8, 2017.