May 25, 2020
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are talking about true fish love in the crazy gorgeous Guillermo del Toro film, The Shape of Water.
If you had told us years ago that not only would a movie about a woman falling deeply in love with a mythical, god-like fish-man would win the freaking Best Picture Oscar, but that we’d also be talking about how much we loved it, we would have thought you were crazy. Like really cuckoo bananas.
But here we are.
We open things up by gushing about our appreciation for the director, Guillermo del Toro. His love for filmmaking and the way he sees the world is remarkable. It’s clear that what’s inside his head is like an adult playground, complete with scary monsters, breathtaking landscapes, and exceptional heroes. From Cronos to Pan’s Labyrinth to The Shape of Water, he’s showing that there’s no one else doing work at this elevated level.
What follows is a discussion all about the diverse characters in this movie and the world they inhabit. Why does Sally Field pine so much for the Amphibian Man? Why is Michael Shannon such a raging asshole? When can we hang out with Octavia Spencer (because she’s just the very best)? And boy, can you certainly fill up an entire bathroom with water to set the mood for some good ol’ fish sex.
The world that was created in The Shape of Water is something that’s never been done before. We loved this movie. It’s imaginative, beautiful filmmaking that deserves to be seen by everyone.
Also, Steven is 100% going to pun jail.
(Recorded on April 8, 2020)
Links to Stuff We Mentioned:
Give a piece of the score a listen. We’re confident you’ll agree that there’s a good reason why Alexandre Desplat won an Oscar for his work here.
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