The Shape of Water: A Review

2/5 Stars

                I typically find myself enjoying movies that are considered weird. From the satirical Sharknado movies to the mentally disturbing movie Teeth (warning: if you have a light stomach, do not watch that.) Even with this, The Shape of Water takes things to a whole new level. This movie is absolutely absurd, both in good and bad ways, but it takes it way too far at some points.

This review is going to contain mild spoilers for the movie. The movie begins with a mute woman named Eliza in her apartment. The scene opens with her morning routine consisting of waking up, boiling eggs for lunch, taking a bath, and (not joking) masturbating in said bath. This is the beginning scene and it exposes us to something like that with absolutely no relevance to the plot. Oh well, let’s move on.

With that shocking scene out of the way, Eliza goes to work as a janitor for an undisclosed, secret government facility. The time period of this movie is eventually discovered to be around the Cold War. One of the more likable characters comes into scene here: a fellow worker named Zelda. She is very humorous and talkative. They two discover a project government workers had taken a humanoid amphibian creature from South America which was worshiped by the natives as a God.

Alright, so it sounds like an awesome concept for a movie, cool! The creature is soon discovered to be semi intelligent as it can display emotion. So what went wrong?

The problem starts with Eliza starts developing feelings for the creature. No, not as a friend, not as a pet, as a LOVER. She starts developing romantic feelings for the “Asset” as the movie calls it. Not only this, but her close friends (all two of them anyway) are TOTALLY cool with it. Their reactions to everything is simply absurd. There were times the entire theater was laughing at how strange the events in the movie were.

The movie does do a couple things right. Since it takes place in the days of the Cold War, there are evident race and sexual orientation issues at hand. One man even goes as far as to say, “Man was created in God’s image. Well, at least we were,” when talking to African American Zelda. The way the characters overcome these obstacles is great.

Honestly, I do recommend seeing this movie solely for the experience of having a movie make you ask yourself “What?” every five minutes. Did I enjoy watching it? A little bit. Still, I think this movie is way too highly rated from other review websites, and this does not represent the feelings of the average consumer.

The Modern Day Democratic Party: A Review

1.5 / 5 Stars

Ah, the Democratic Party. Since 1828, it granted us with great debate, policy change, and many presidents who went on to shape the world such as John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the first African-American president Barack Obama. Being named after the ideology of Democracy, one would think this party would comprised of common folk meant to serve the people. This, however, does not seem to be the case at all in 2018.

Since the victory Donald Trump managed to seize in the 2016 election, what we have seen from the liberal side of the political spectrum has been a combination of protests, restrictions of debate and free speech, and a rise of political correctness so high that you need to watch basically everything you say. The term “Snowflake” has been used from the right to name call liberals due to the overwhelming amount of appeal to emotion liberals use in their policy.

There is a clear lack of strength and personal responsibility within the members of the party. Democrats are often quick to look to government and media for solutions to problems (especially economic ones) rather than looking at themselves as solutions. It is not the government’s responsibility to provide a multitude of programs that only require more tax dollars, universal healthcare being one of them that Democrats support. By the way, you do not have the right to force physicians to offer you their services at whatever cost.

Aside from all of these problems, the politicians are the biggest problem this party faces. Corrupt politicians that have riddled the party throughout its existence. Most recently, Hillary Clinton has been involved in multiple scandals from Uranium One to the deleted email incident to the rigging of the DNC to ensure her spot against the Republican candidate. Bill Clinton had disgraceful sex scandal allegations pushed onto him. Diane Feinstein has voted for many pieces of controversial legislation aimed to take away Second Amendment rights in its entirety. The list goes on.

Now, it is important to note that this does not mean the Republican Party is perfect in any way. They have a lot of problems that are surprisingly similar to the Democratic Party, but that is for another review.