My favorite movie of the season is the re-imagined monster movie “The Shape of Water.” It feels to me like a fresh perspective on a classic fable or myth. My son has seen it three times already and we had the idea to design a dinner inspired by the movie. One of the great features of the movie is the use of the color green in the production design. Scattered though the film–from the classic bus, Jello, candies, the soap dispensers in the bathroom to the key lime pie to name a few–the color runs through the entire film and almost becomes a character itself.

A still from The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Making obvious nods to classic monster movies, the story flips the tale of menace and fear and tells a new story of love and understanding. This story has so much heart–expanding ideas about love, understanding and respecting things we may not find familiar. There are many ways we communicate, and this movie explores how much communication is non-verbal. The central love story of the movie is played out without speech, and focuses being seen and understood. In addition to the the love story between the leads, supporting stories of friendships are weighted heavily and equally touching.

A still from The Creature from the Black Lagoon

I look forward to watching this movie many times, and it seems only fitting to accompany it with a menu that celebrates it. So boil some eggs, and throw together this simple dinner inspired by this inspiring movie. There are endless variations on these classic staples, but what is important is the color green. Green Jello would be a welcome nod to the movie, but a classic cocktail is more to my tastes.

 

Dinner & a Movie inspired by “The Shape of Water”

Arugula Pesto pasta with a Hard-Boiled Egg

Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Key Lime Pie

The Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word

 

Key Lime Pie