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Since I started the blog, a friend called Jack has been urging me to review ‘The Lobster’. He and I are both fans of weird movies, so I told him to watch ‘Her’ in exchange for me watching ‘The Lobster’. From what I’d heard, both films were similar, and I found both entertaining yet somewhat disturbing.
With Yorgos Lanthimos as director and with a cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux and John C Reilly, The Lobster is a dark comedy set in a dystopian society, where people visit a hotel to find a romantic partner. They have 45 days to find a lover, and if they fail to do so will be turned into an animal of their choice.
Honestly, this film was weird. From the opening of shooting the donkey to the maid checking David’s daily erection rate, this film is packed with moments that will make you laugh and cringe. The expositional voice of Rachel Weisz made the world seem quite systematic and bleak. Colin Farrell plays David, a man who arrives at the hotel with his dog (who was previously his brother) seeking companionship. If you can’t tell already, the animal of his choice is a lobster, claws why not? (yes, that was a pun, and yes it was terrible). I think Colin Farrell was great for the role, he had some depth and was a fun character. Ben Whishaw played the limping man, who wished to find love with a girl who also had a limp. He later fakes a nosebleed to charm a girl who frequently has nosebleeds. He was an interesting and quite pessimistic character. Nosebleed girl was played by Jessica Barden, and I personally found her character hilarious. Rachel Weisz played the short-sighted woman, who was a weird and entertaining character. I liked her character revelation of her as the narrator. For me, the best character goes to John C Reilly’s lisping man. He was amazing! I found his scenes highly entertaining, his lisp was great (Samuel L Jackson did it better in Kingsman but anyway) and he was a lovable and interesting character.
The music in The Lobster was mixed for me. At some points, it was perfect for the scenes where it was used. The use of classical instruments was beautiful and it added an eerie element to the film. At other times it seemed more suited for something in a psychological thriller. I found the use of slo-mo really rather pointless. It seemed random and put in for comedic purposes yet failed to make me laugh.
The idea of a dystopian society where if you can’t find love, you get turned into an animal is certainly a smart one. I found a few scenes weird, but they also made me laugh. For instance, when John C Reilly was caught masturbating and was punished, this scene had me in fits of laughter. The scene where the maid comes into David’s room for his daily erection test was disturbing. It was unexpected and just so awkward to watch. When David’s dog brother is killed, it did bring a tear to my eye, because we actually saw the bloody dog carcass. It felt unnecessary and made me slightly uncomfortable, even though I quite enjoy gore in movies. I guess it’s because I’m still quite young, but I find sex and references to sex in cinema quite weird. David and the short-sighted woman develop a communication code with their bodies to explain what they feel, so sticking the right hand in the air would mean ‘I love you’ and the left hand behind the back means ‘I want you to f**k me in the arse’. As funny as this was, it was also quite awkward. One of the best scenes was the silent dance in the woods. Everyone had headphones in and bopped strangely to music. This scene was perfect as it was completely silent and the dancing was amusing to watch especially the maid’s dancing. The ending was actually pretty awesome. From a movie that was pretty weird, it was actually beautiful. We are left with a cliffhanger, did David cut his eyes so he could be blind with the now blind short-sighted woman? Did David run from the scene and the now blind short-sighted woman never hear him again? Or did David pretend to the now blind short-sighted woman that he made himself blind to be with her when he wasn’t? Such a great ending that I loved!
The Lobster gets a 7.3/10 from me. As enjoyable and hysterical as it was at times to watch, I found myself slightly creeped out and cringing in some weird and disturbing. Maybe dark movies aren’t for me!
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