The Shape Of Water is receiving globally praised starts from its performances, screenplay, direction, production design, and musical score. It received almost all the prestigious awards and nominations starts from Academy Awards to Golden Globe Awards. The Shape of Water follows a fairy tale romance between a mute cleaning lady working in a government lab and a humanoid sea creature. Set in 1960s America amidst the backdrop of the Cold War. Such romances have been hitting the big screen since the early 1930s. Most feature a human who is capable of seeing beyond a gruesome exterior. It makes our imagination and hearts spiral into unpredictable realms. Here is the list of some of the notable popular flicks having the same story of odd couples like the shape of water.
1. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Beauty and the Beast is a live-action, CGI-animated film based on Disney’s 1991 which itself is an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s eighteenth-century fairy tale. The film is a love story about Belle and a distant castle. Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. It is more appealing to the young generation. The film includes moments several involving snarling wolves, others guns that leave characters bloodied, injured, and, in one case, dead. There are many diverse characters to around the plot moves like Gaston’s sidekick, who briefly dances with a man and people of color not represented in the animated version.
2. Her (2013)
Her is an American romantic science-fiction drama film starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. The film is about the relationship between a man and his relationship with Samantha, an intelligent computer operating system personified through a female voice. And this relationship turns into love. The man who had heartbroken after a bumpy end to his marriage enrolls program and enjoy a relationship. It shows how it is important to have someone in our life.
3. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1953)
Creature from the Black Lagoon is an American black-and-white 3D monster horror film. In a remote jungle, a group of scientists discovers a mysterious creature previously unknown to science. It provides a direct link between land and sea animals. Expedition leader Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) orders his two assistants to stay in camp while he visits the marine biology institute. The eponymous creature was played by Ben Chapman on land and Ricou Browning in underwater scenes.
4. Avatar (2009)
Avatar is a 3D sci-fi film set in the mid-22nd century, when humans are colonizing Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, in order to mine the mineral unobtanium, a room-temperature superconductor. The film’s title refers to a genetically engineered Na’vi bodies with the mind of a remotely located human that is used to interact with the natives of Pandora. It’s story between Avatar who falls in love with a Na’vi women (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.
5. The Twilight Saga (2008 – 2012)
The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films based on the four novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The series including Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012). The film is a story about a personal relationship between human teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). It starts with the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a separate group of hostile vampires ends it’s with the climax of Bella and Edward’s relationship. Bella must learn, as a newly transformed vampire, to learn to use her special shield powers, as well as protect her daughter, Renesmee. The film features an intense romantic relationship between a gorgeous vampire and a human girl.
6. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid is a whimsical tale of true love between William Powell and a mermaid. The genders of the main characters here are reversed from those in The Shape of Water as in this movie the female is also mute, save for her singing voice heard at the end. While fishing in the Caribbean, Peabody catches a mermaid. Awestruck by her beauty and charm, he falls hopelessly in love. He puts the beautiful creature in his hotel bathroom and attempts to hide her from the missus.
7. Warm Bodies (2013)
Warm Bodies is an American paranormal romantic zombie comedy film based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. In this Romeo and Juliet zombie adaptation, a young woman, Julie, and zombie, R, embark on an unusual relationship that threatens the very foundation of their divided society. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world.
8. Stardust (2007)
Stardust based on the 1999 Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, features an ensemble cast led by Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Peter O’Toole, with narration by Ian McKellen. The film follows Tristan, a young man from the fictional town of Wall. He enters the magical world to collect a fallen star to give to his crush Victoria, in return for her hand in marriage. When Tristan and Yvaine fall for each other, they sweep viewers into the whirlwind that is their interstellar romance.
9. King Kong (2005)
King Kong considered the most ambitious version of original version of King Kong 1933. The movie includes numerous violent scenes with special effects as this version is clunky. It is directed by Oskar Winner, Carl Denham, starring with leading lady Carl Denham. The movie encounters a furious gorilla, saving leading actress and forming a special relationship with her, protecting her at all costs. The showbiz version of this scene in New York uses blackface performers.
10. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Lars and the Real Girl is comedy-drama film starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner and Patricia Clarkson. Gosling was in the role of Lars a sweet but socially inept young man who develops a romantic yet non-sexual relationship with an anatomically correct sex doll, a “RealDoll” named Bianca.