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The Lobster (2015)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 1 hour 59 min
Release Date: October 16 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden

Plot Summary

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Just by reading the plot Summary, you may think to yourself, what the hell is this, you wouldn’t be far wrong. “The Lobster” is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, diving into the pressures of human society that we seem to think we have to follow, this film shows that even in the weirdest way, you can relate to almost anything.

Filled with a star studded cast, this film spends most of it’s time with David (Colin Farrell), an awkward widower who finds himself in the confines of the hotel, and his journey to make it through this ordeal. Farrell is superb in this role, providing this character who questions everything but just bounces off each character he meets. We have many characters like this throughout, it’s a world where what should be so natural is forced upon you, this exact feeling is shown and performed well by each actor you meet.

A story as weird as this can sometimes feel like it’s being made a mockery of, but this takes this weird idea so seriously. At times the pace feels a little off due to awkward silences, kind of like they’ve forgotten their lines, which does make it drag at points. But with its dark humour that’s littered lightly, it manages to keep your attention throughout.

The tone of this film is really shown in how it has been filmed, almost like there is a constant dark cloud over what’s happening in this dystopian world. Some really clever work here from the director to use this technique to add extra depth to this story.

“The Lobster” takes on this weird story line, which in the end delivers a dark, disturbing and slow paced film. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly will intrigue others.