The Lobster is a comedy/drama/science fiction film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Yorgos shares the writing credits with Efthymis Fillippou. I give this movie the rating: Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy.
The Lobster is a social satire on dating
I had to wait weeks for this movie to screen close to me after having friends rave to me about it. I jumped at the chance to see it when it finally started playing in my town. I had a loose idea what the film was about but I wasn’t really sure what I was walking into.
The storyline was original and refreshing. I can’t remember seeing, reading, or hearing anything like it before. Heartbreak and dark humor are perfectly intermingled and spaced throughout the film.
The exact time the film takes place is unclear, but it seems to be set sometime in the future. All single people leave The City and go to The Hotel where they have 45 days to find a partner. They can earn additional days by hunting “loners.” After 45 days they turn into the animal of their choosing.
The commentary on love and its social expectations (as well as its stigmas) are interesting. Some of it I see in my day to day life without ever actually realizing it. I appreciate that the writers oversimplified love. The characters believe they can build a lasting relationship over something so mundane as both having a limp or being nearsighted.
The cast was perfectly chosen. Colin Farrell plays David, a recent divorcé who’s wife simply fell out of love with him. Rachel Weisz plays Short Sighted Woman, a loner that currently resides in the nearby forest. John C. Reilly is also in the movie as the Lisping Man.
If you are looking for a quirky story that has never been told, this movie is worth adding to your list.