In a sorta near future, if you aren’t paired up with a significant other, you will be turned into an animal – of your choice, naturally. Mustached Colin Farrell was recently dumped by his wife and so he needs to partner up, or animal on out for the rest of his life. He goes to this seaside hotel run by Olivia Colman (still one of the best actresses no one knows), which helps to pair off people, or turn them into animals. But the time to do so is limited. If Colin doesn’t find a mate in 45 days or less, he will became a lobster (hence the film’s title). His brother is already a dog (ever wonder why there are so many dogs??), and he brings him along on this last ditch human effort. Others have to go thru the same drill, including some really dour and desperate souls like Ashley Jensen, Ben Whishaw, John C Reilly, and the adorable Jessica Barden
The hotel is an oddball pacifying paradise – like The Village from The Prisoner, with forever overcast skies. Within its doors, they stage awkward dances and even more awkward demonstrations, trying to get these folks to couple up – and offer plenty of outdoor activities too, including hunting those who have failed and escaped the grounds. If you hunt and kill one of these escapee loners, you get bonus days to stick around. If you don’t, the clock continues to tick, and pretty soon your days as a Homo sapien are numbered
And so after awhile, after Colin has tried and tried and tried, and failed (the heartless Angeliki Papoulia provided no help), he decides he doesn’t want to be a lobster, and he flees for the woods, and taken in by loners Léa Seydoux and Rachel Weisz. But a (un)funny thing happens on the way to being lonely – he falls for Weisz, and she for him, and that’s not suppose to happen, and even more things happen from there, and there you go
For the first 30 or so minutes of Yorgos Lanthimos first English language feature, when we’re in that wonderous hotel, I thought The Lobster was itching its way to being the kinda movie I endless love and never shut up about. It had happened once before with Lanthimos’ Dogtooth, which is one of the mos fcuked up flicks I’ve seen this century, but as The Lobster claws its way outside of that hotel, something got a little lost in translation, and became a little long in the tooth, but I’ll excuse it, cause The Lobster is unique and imaginative, and often fun, and always keeps you on your toes, and that can’t be said of a lot of movies that come out today. I give it bonus points for being different, and it doesn’t even really have to try – it juss is different
These lonely love seekers aint no superheroes – they’re super-zeroes, and I’d rather count on them and their sad weirdness, than the good guys saving the cinematic day. MARVEL OVER THAT, YO!!!
Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers
Lobster shacks it up currently in limited release
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…