On the pre-evening of the day when I planned to watch The Shape of Water, my friend called me for any recommendations for watchable movies on the laptop. She was especially particular about not to mention any romance-genre movies. In her words and I quote, “I don’t want to watch any romantic shit movie.”
Whether her statement was related to her love-life or not, I happened to discover,
No matter how many films flash the positive light on love, there is no place for the same love in the real world. It is disheartening to see that people believe in love if they succeed in it; And by succeeding I mean that one gets to live with their loved one for the rest of their lives. Otherwise, they would claim their gullible attempt to discard love a mature act. I realized that for them, the definition of love lies only in happiness and perhaps, in the happy ending. In my view, this perception is completely ignorant of what love actually is; nevertheless, it is actually ridiculing the definition.
Whoa! There’s a lot of ‘love’ in one paragraph. Let’s come back to the 90th Academy Award Winner movie, The Shape of Water and how it can open your eyes about love.
The plotline is simple. A mute janitor, who works in a research centre, falls in love with a sea monster.
Apart from establishing (raising) various issues like racism and degrading conditions of women in the 60s America, the movie splendidly curves the love story and gives a new embodiment to love. The story is beautifully knitted with enormous design, eye-catching visuals and soothing background score. And those who are familiar with the work of Guillermo del Toro (The director) have no doubt in his capabilities to tell fantasy story for the real-life settings. Go watch Pan’s Labyrinth and you shall grasp and appreciate his style.
What is the very first thing that came to your mind when you read the plotline?
Weird, isn’t it!
Del Toro conveys through this script that love is supposed to be weird. In my opinion, weirdness represents something novel and if you open your mind a little, it can be pleasant. This openness is the first step to develop the feeling of love. You assimilate with what that person does and react to complement their interest. There is no past or future thinking involved; there is no implicit deal involved; there is only you and your loved one. As you understand each other so well, you both will adapt to the new life like the shape of water.
That should be the definition of love, shouldn’t it?
Take the green pill and go watch the movie. And probably after this, falling in love may not be as hard as before. Remember, the world is not monstrous; we are monsters or becoming one.
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