After his wife leaves him, David (Colin Farrell) is sent to a hotel for single adults and urged to find a new significant other within 45 days -- if he fails, he will be transformed into an animal of his choosing. David eventually meets a runaway from the hotel (Rachel Weisz), and the two begin a secret romance. Léa Seydoux, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly co-star. This absurdist dystopian comedy is the first English-language feature from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.~Daniel Gelb
did I say Disturbing, a world where marriage is enforced by dramatic punishments and rebellious groups who when existing out of the norm are either in fear or have radical pursuits of relational conformity.
Strongly suggested to me by a former girlfriend, it is reflective of many peoples personalities .... Marry or Else!
The Lobster inflection is an odious subject at best within the film, however sums up the pathetic definitions of love very reflective of the New American Social engineering genre as well as the USSR's old Socialist ideologies.
Its DEEP watching, not for neo-libs who get hurt feelings all the time. for that aspect of viewer the film will simply seem insane.
If you can get pass the wooden delivery of dialog and accept this as a parallel universe very much like our own but with ever so slight differences (such as manner of speaking), then this will be at times a hilarious ride. Imagine if being single is a crime and your human existence would be terminated in this society unless you pair up with someone else - the only grace upon your death being reincarnation as an animal of your choosing. The survival instinct is to obey the societal rules.. Or would you choose to rebel and become a loner who is hunted by law abiding citizens?
Most will likely walk out of The Lobster either loving or hating it. It's easy to see why this will be something of a divisive film given it's weirdness. With all its observational humor conveyed in static, dry tones and cynical quips that paint the internet culture into a real-world society it will surely have its fans. Undoubtedly, there is much to like and appreciate here, but while I laughed several times and found the overall sentiment of the film to be a rather sweet one that is conveyed in a ridiculous yet inventive way I couldn't help but feel that it was trying too hard to be as much when the coolness factor of its unique ideas should have been effortless. The strangeness of the set-up to this world is so out there that it can't help but feel weird solely for the sake of being weird. Weird is fine and all, but The Lobster is pushing it. Some will find this endearing, others will see it as straining and unfortunately by the time the film concluded I was more in the latter category than the former. Writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos, in his English-language debut, certainly has a lot to say with his high-concept comedy, but up until the last half hour or so of the film things are more about the concept than they are the ideas he's attempting to discuss. Lanthimos spends so much time trying to make sure his audience will understand this world without blatantly spilling tons of exposition that all of the dialogue in the first hour feels like a sly way of explaining the rules of this world where one checks into a resort to find a mate and if failing to do so in forty-five days, facing the reality of being turned into an animal. So, yes, the film is conceptually striking given it is all a large metaphor for the way in which society tells us our lives are better when lived with a partner, but never does it transcend this gimmick until the moving final shot.
Very unusual very strange but I loved itBy the sam
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Very unusual very strange but I loved it.This film is over the top I thought that The favorite was a very unusual film.By the same Director Unusual different I’m still thinking about the ending but I recommend it
This is definitely not your typical love story. Yet with its dry humor, confusing/quirky situations it does a great deal to paint the picture of society obsessed with making everyone fit into one cookie cutter template for life. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz shine throughout and definitely will leave you with a film you won't soon forget.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
an underrated darkly comedic gem
Though it wasn't mentioned much during awards season, this dark comedy about a dystopian world where finding a spouse is mandatory and non-compliance is punishable by transmutation into an animal, is one of the best films of the year. Critics don't primarily exist to convince the terminally-clueless to not waste money on awful Transformers movies, their real service to moviegoers is to point out and champion the less-advertised gems that might pass you by otherwise. I was a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos' bizarre Greek film DOGTOOOTH and this film is IMO superior to that acclaimed previous effort. THE LOBSTER should prove particularly amusing to singles whose coupled friends try to set them up with unsuitable partners. Check out the trailer and see if it looks like the sort of film that might appeal to you.
This movie is quirky. It's about how relationships will be treated in the future (hopefully FAR into the future, LOL). It's interesting from a purely fictional viewpoint; I seriously doubt something like this would ever happen. But suspend logic and just go with it. You might enjoy this movie.