Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, John C. Reilly and Léa Seydoux
Run Time: 1h 58min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
4.5 out of 5 Frames
By: Shari K. Green
It’s hard to put into words what it is I saw after viewing “The Lobster”, honestly. Okay, I’m exaggerating but only slightly. I’m not so far removed from that statement that it isn’t possible for some to walk out of seeing this thinking that very thing. The words “abnormally strange” doesn’t cut the mustard to try and sum up the experience one would have a look at the Greek filmmaker, Yorgos Lanthimos’, piece. This is one of the most unorthodox films I’ve seen to date. What it mostly is, is a deep, and quite dim, look into society and the ways we handle our relationships with animals, one another and even ourselves.
What this isn’t, is familiar… nor is it ordinary. Presented with the idea that the main character, David (Farrell), is going on an eccentric retreat of some sort, it starts us off with a woman killing an animal for no reason and drives into Rachel Weisz telling the story of this David, a man during his stay at a hotel for singles. Her sweet voice is soothing and sounds loving and the reason she’s the narrator will come into play later. Anyway, the hotel gives you forty-five days to find your perfect match or you will be turned into an animal. How’s that for pressure?
As the movie progresses, the behavior of each character seems more and more irregular. The situations they’re in, the struggles they have and their goals and expectations, seem demented and such, but are they? Not only is it strange for the occupants and staff of a hotel to be so withdrawn from human decency that they stimulate one another but do not allow orgasm, it’s the way of life everywhere in this period and it provokes you to ponder, is humanity moving toward this… is it essentially already there?
Moving from one situation with high demands and strict limitations to another may seem like a good change or may, at first, appeal to David on the surface, but in all reality, it’s the same shit everywhere in the world… only sometimes it’s presented with a bow. The unfortunate proclamation of this film is that we blindly walk around ignoring the beauty around us rather than accept it and we fight change and, the biggest, true love is like taking a sharp stick in the eye.
The cast of characters are all fantastic and the actors really morph into someone hardly recognizable in this film. It’s truly bizarre and even though the pace can be slow at times, the overwhelming feeling of, “What the hell is going on?!” pulls you in and you can’t not love it. I’m happy it’s quite long at two minutes shy of two hours because you have time to absorb the true nature of this beast. You’ll appreciate this tale and really marvel at the ending which leaves you to decide which course to take. It’s very well thought out, beautifully shot and one hell of a take on the beings at the top of the food chain as a whole. I prescribe to you that you will like this and again assure you of another must see; possibly more than once.
“The Lobster” opens in select cities starting May 20, 2016.