I got lucky and was able to attend the opening film of the 2016 Florida Film Festival. The Lobster is an interesting take on a dystopian future where people are required to be married or be turned into an animal. The premise was intriguing and this film that fans of dark comedy Must See.
The Lobster Plot Summary
David (Colin Farrell) has just be dumped by his wife and, following the laws of The City, is taken to The Hotel to try and find a new partner. In accordance with the laws, David has decided to be turned into a Lobster if he can’t find his true love in the next 45 days.
Daredevil, the film not the show, set several actors careers in a negative light and Colin Farrell’s Bullseye may have been the worst. I loved his performance in this movie and his comedic timing with the dry dialogue was impeccable. His desperation at times, his sadness, and his overall character in the film is enjoyable and really makes it a memorable performance.
The social commentary the film makes is wonderful, but could definitely be controversial. The themes that the writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos range from lying to someone in order to win their love, the importance of relationships, and the importance of independence among others. It’s all presented in interesting ways that elicit a multitude of responses from the audience. It’s amazing to see with a packed house that the film festival was able to provide.
Other members of the cast include John C. Riley, Olivia Colman, Jessica Barden, Ashley Jensen, Angeliki Papoulia, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Rachel Weisz. Some of my favorite moments in the film are the exchanges between Farrell, Riley, and Whishaw. They befriend each other, and immediately Whishaw introduces Riley as his friend with the lisp and points out that he himself has a limp. The trio provide some very funny moments.
Ultimately, I thought this film was extremely funny and thought provoking. There are dozens of ways you could probably interpret this film. If the premise doesn’t initially appeal to you, don’t give up on it yet. The film does a wonderful job of playing with the premise and making various connections to ideas that apply to the world we live in.