Well it turns out the anti-gay marriage advocates were right and we owe them an apology. They warned us time and time again that accepting gay relationships both morally and legally would be the start of a slippery slope to human-fish union. It seems that with The Shape of Water, that day is here.
Guillermo del Toro touts The Shape of Water as an unashamed love story, and he’s right on one front: this film truly has no shame in how it depicts the illicit relationship between a Creature from the Black Lagoon-type monster and the non-speaking woman who cleans the lab he is kept in.
Without a doubt, it’s clear this film could only have been made after gay marriage was legalised and our moral defences were down. How foolish we all look now.
In fact, the film depicts all sorts of relationships as being “normal”; many people may find it confronting to relate to the emotions of such strange characters as a gay man, a woman who speaks in sign language and a fish monster – who is an illegal immigrant no less. With all of these, del Toro asks us to push our empathy too far.
I for one am not looking forward to the inevitable porn remake.