Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

by Andrei Jones, Five Points West Regional Branch Library

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American romantic dark fantasy drama. The movie, set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, follows a mute custodian named Elisa who falls in love with a humanoid amphibian at a secret government laboratory. Elisa, who only communicates by sign language, teaches the creature to communicate by sign language as well, as they develop a special relationship. Without giving too much more away, the movie shows that love comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms.

The Shape of Water scored big at the 90th Academy Awards, where it won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Once I began watching this dark, romantic drama, I couldn’t turn away until I saw the movie’s climactic end. Check the JCLC catalog for the availability of the movie (or book, audiobook, and soundtrack).