"It's no coincidence that the targets are shaped like single people, and not couples."
During some research, I saw this was classified as an absurdist, black-comedy. It’s for good reason too because not only did I find it hilarious, but I, personally, would put extra emphasis on the absurd. It’s plain to see how anyone can be put off, disturbed, or taken out the viewing experience for this one, because THE LOBSTER is a love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a hotel, that more resembles an internment camp. There, they are obliged to find a life partner, and consequently true love, in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of thier choice and released into the woods. It's acquired taste cinema if I’ve ever seen it. Lucky for me, I’ve seen Nicholas Refns’ Bronson and Salo/120 Days of Sodom, for starters, so I’m kind of desensitized to “out there” cinema. Incredibly and deliberately slow paced, disturbing, engaging, unique, bizzare, stunning, unorthodox, awkward, and oh so brilliant at the same time. As much as I’ve discussed it before in previous reviews, this is the film that made me really realize just how much of a stickler I am for lens selection and shot composition. I honestly can’t say enough about the overall cinematography, which may have been the hero of this movie. I noticed a lot in that department done very well in the opening six minutes.
I appreciate how the story telling is anything but straightforward. None of the acting stands out as super incredulous, but was fine and nuanced all around. However, I’d like to take a moment to give special props to Lea Seydoux, who has an allure that is more than exotic, and looks like she’d make a fine villainess in a 007 flick or any film for that matter. Another thing to enjoy is the scathing commentary on societal norms and the pressures that come with everyone being paired off with life partners, for the sake of...who knows? There’s definitely equal parts style and substance to behold in the first 20 mins and beyond. If you can manage to get past the extravagant premise, and the wacky events that abound, it certainly rewards a patient viewer. Also. Yorgos seems to have a thing for lengthy, unsettling final shots, much like The Favourite. It’s truly a film that works on numerous levels, it's a love story that focuses less on the romantic love and more the idea of love itself, and I can’t help but feel there’s more analysis on a deeper level that’s gone over my head. THE LOBSTER was strangely enough a better film than I was expecting, is as eye catching and engrossing as it is rediculous, and comes recommended for fans of Director Yorgos Lanthimos, Black Comedies, Colin Farrell, Lea Seydoux, Rachel Weisz, newly crowned Oscar winner Olivia Coleman, and John C Riley. It is not a Ricky Nixx film, but has elements that can serve as an example of what could be. Before viewing, I wouldn’t have had the insight or imagination to pull off some of the visual things I saw in this movie.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachael Weisz, Olivia Coleman, John C. Reilly