If I spoke about it – if I did – what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince’s reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don’t know… Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to destroy it all.

Opening lines, The Shape of Water

  1. The entire opening scene. What an incredible way to begin a story and create a mood. (we’ve already determined how much I love fantasy.)
  2. The music and dancing and how it’s used as a bridge — between Elisa and Giles, between Elisa and the Creature, between Elisa and her silence.
  3. A fable told, unapologetically, from the perspective of a mute woman.
  4. The beauty of the glowing blue emanating from the Creature.
  5. The way we are asked to consider what makes a monster, and what constitutes love.

Have you seen it? What did you think?