The Lobster (2016)
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 59 min
If you take every emotion you’ve ever felt in regards to love and relationships, and represent them as simple metaphors, you’ll understand what The Lobster is trying to do. Agree or disagree with the story’s presentation of love and loneliness, if you’re an aficionado of filmed entertainment, I think you’ll love, The Lobster.
Set in a bizarre near future world, where single people are given 45 days to find love or else be turned into the animal of their choice. The Lobster beautifully uses its unique world to explore the nature of love, and the lengths people will go to find and keep it. In this world, being single is to be an outcast, and to the outcasts, being in a relationship is akin to slavery. Each side’s convictions in this beautifully absurd story are tested, and the pitfalls and misunderstandings between characters are often brutally resolved.
The dialog is deliberately perfunctory, and the perfect cast seems totally synced with director, Yorgos Lanthimos’s, vision for this film. There was perhaps a little too much narration for my tastes (describing things I can clearly see for myself), but despite that, I found this to be a truly fascinating experience, and it’s certainly one of the most unique films I’ve seen in years.
This isn’t for everyone, and for some, the strict and simplistic compartmentalized visualizations of love and loneliness may get frustrating for those who prefer to passively observe rather than engage in their filmed entertainment. The Lobster is rated R for sexual content and violence.
This film is actually quite funny too. I loved the first half of the film as the story slowly explores the elements of this dystopian world. The Idea that guests would hunt ‘loners’ in the woods to score extra days at the hotel was hilarious to me.