Kan en ensom og dæmpet kvindelig vagtmand og et havmonster finde kærlighed? Well, yes … if you let yourself be caught in that amazing, eccentric romance of Oscar nominated Vandformen.
I some hendes hænder it might have become a comic book that comes to life – a glorified B-level horror film. Mannen regissør Guillermo Del Toro tager historien om denne usandsynlige duo og gør det ikke kun troværdigt, men sorgligt, lyrisk, mystisk, mytisk, mærkeligt og godt, magisk. From the opening sequence – a dreamlike trip through an underwater apartment with floating sofas, do you know this is going to be a world war experience – and that is. There is a movie noir adventure for adults, and there are prices written over it.
Elisa, udøvet spil af Sally Hawkins, er en ren ensom kvinde, hvis dagligdags eksistens omfatter at arbejde på en mystisk Baltimore regering facilitet som en nat vagtmester. Hendes eneste venner er hendes nabo, Giles (Richard Jenkins), en aldrende kommerciel kunstner, og hendes frække ven Zelda (Octavia Spencer i prime form), en anden rengørings kvinde på anlægget.
En nat, en havmonsters-delmand, en del fisk – der henvises til embedsmænd som “The Asset”, bringer jeg laboratoriet i en tank. We learn that he was caught in South America and has a form of power, and that the people thought he was a god. He plays the long-lived Del Toro-collaborator Doug Jones, who gives humanity to the creature through his sad expression and every nuanced feature and decline in his high-tone, slender body.
Of course, the government has no interest in treating the Asset with dignity or learning to communicate with him. I will instead pick him from each other, and a sadistic agent, especially Richard Strickland (the game of Michael Shannon) appears to torture him with a cattle product.
There are some side stories that help recall that it is 1962. Russian spies will steal the creature, and the Americans ‘paranoia over winning the cold is the war in full force. Vi får også et indblik i Stricklands maleri-for-antal forstæder, komplet med et moderne hus, blond kone, to børn og en skinnende blå Cadillac – men hovedfokus er Elisas spirende romantik med “The Asset”.
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She is slow in captivity, plays secretly music, teaches him sign language, dances to him and brings him hard boiled eggs. A human being and a “creature” that falls in love is nothing new-Skønheden og Udyret og Godzilla Komme i tanke om. Men i denne fortælling er mennesket lige så meget af en udstødt som monsteret. And while the development of their relationship to its fullest extent may shock, it was well done and credible. Deres længsel var palpabel.
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Indtil Asset kommer sammen, er Elisas liv rutinemæssigt-for sjovt, hun ser gamle musiker med nabo Giles og hans katte. En kæmper illustrator working on a Jello campaign, Giles finds it increasingly difficult to compete with photographers. He is also beaten together with a young man server at the local pie shop. He is so forfærdet that he keeps ordering their terrible key lime tarts just to get a glimpse of his would be paramour, and as a result his fridge is filled with frightening green slices of sweet / sour confectionery. Mænd jeg går ned.
When Elisa learns about the sadistic Stricklands intention to kill and dissect her male lover (he overcomes a general, tell him to “break the horrible things open”), she closes a plan to free him with help from Giles and eventually Zelda. It’s not by chance that the movie’s hero is a handicapped woman, a homosexual man, an African American woman and another from another world (an immigrant?), While the villain is a white, privileged male official.
Ting becomes of course complicated, plans go wrong and surprises, both good and bad. De kunstdæmpede jeweltones, retro wardrobes, time-limited pieces and lush cinematography and creepy lighting as well as the melancholy still-filled score of the Oscar-winning composer Alexander Desplat are all worth the price of admission.
Jeg ses igen hende.