Flick in a Limerick

A recluse janitor that is mute
Discovers a top-secret creature she thinks is cute
She abducts this intelligence
Hides it at her residence
They develop a romance that no one can refute

Director – Guillermo del Toro

Role Play – Sally Hawkins is incredible here even though she didn’t speak she sold her facial expressions, hand gestures and overall charisma very well. The same goes for Doug Jones as his character wasn’t able to talk either although I must admit the amphibian did creep me the hell out and I wanted to look away whenever he was on-screen. The film is held together by a strong supporting cast. Octavia Spencer fits in comfortably in a role she is more than familiar with as does Richard Jenkins. Michael Shannon plays a triple threat villain as he was a horrible boss, adulterer and racist you really rooted for to fail.

Nose Candy

“If I could give myself some advice at eighteen I would say brush your teeth and fuck  a lot more”

“Man is as silent as the grave. But if farts were flattery? Honey, he’d be Shakespeare”

“Sometimes I feel like I was born either to soon or to late. Maybe we are both just relics”

“Get yourself some decency son and unfuck this mess”

“Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love, it humbles my heart, for you are everywhere.”

Style Points

  • Dark color tone
  • Objects floating underwater
  • Drown out Eliza as she is hiding from her boss
  • Great escape scene
  • Creature using his powers to revive Eliza after she is shot

Money Shot


Good transitions in and out of the Black and white dream sequence where Eliza is able to sing and has a dance number with the amphibian.

Final Touch

Love truly does comes in all shapes, sizes and species. Guillermo del Toro does it again creating an innovative story with a unique universe viewers can totally immerse themselves in. Considering Eliza works the night shift at a top-secret government facility the imagery is very dark and mysterious. The film takes place in the sixties and there is a theme of inequality as the main trio of friends were all outcast in some way such as a mute, an african american and a homosexual. The amphibian is very unknown as we did not learn much about his back story or even know his name for that matter. For some reason I do think there were several hints at a continuation  so I wouldn’t be surprised if we have not seen the last of this creature just yet. You have to take what you want in life-literally. Hell Eliza turned her entire apartment into an aquarium to make the relationship work. There is somebody or something for that matter for everybody as love has no limits in this beautifully gritty aquatic fairy tale.

-Caleb Harris

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