A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.
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This is a brilliant parody of how we approach companionship and the lengths we will go to not to be alone. Yorgos Lanthimos is a true visionary who feels like a true disciple of Stanley Kubrick's style.
Lanthimos cements his reputation as a modern-master. His senses of space, timing, colour, composition, the effect that location has on a both character & audience, are continually inspired. First half is probably stronger than the second, but this is an imaginative, shocking & insightful work about the search for love & relationships in the 21st century & the nature of compromise & sacrifice that often comes with it.
One of those films that sometimes feels vindictively abrasive; the strangeness of "The Lobster" is compelling and off-putting in equal measures. That being said, there's cunning deadpan humor, and an imaginative world. Frightening commentary on society's disturbingly paternal, overinvolved role in romantic relationships is eerily pertinent. A true original, if nothing else.
In an era when online dating has made courtship more like a job hunt, is The Lobster a prophesy, or just a bizarre enough concept to stand out? No matter—it's a Rorschach blot packed with style and ideas about the hell of loneliness vs. the hell of coupledom, about expectations that might squash otherwise satisfying human instincts. Fun sidenote: Colin Farrell's character is an architect...so many rom-coms have one.
What a mess. There's a kernel of something brilliant here, but the absurdity that supposedly speaks to postmodern angst feels superficial because of the rigid dialogue and stale emotions. The cinematic equivalent of saying "...you know what's wrong with kids these days?"
3 & a half stars. A courageous attempt by Yorgos Lathimos in his multi-layered film's dissection of social demands toward traditional family lives while offering insights into hetero double-blind hypocrisy as well as our species' desire for companionship and the reality of dire loneliness--all this mixed into a substantial absurdist stew of heavily-spiced albeit intelligent vignettes.
The things we do for love. You'll claw your eyes out. Or will you? Lanthimos's debut in English is a dry as dust and arch as the ages wry-sci rom-fi whose conclusion almost (and maybe even actually) achieves a weirdly endearing, quasi-redeeming emotional lift-off of an eternally sunblind kind. Dourly hilarious and brutally on-the-nose, The Lobster cracked and choked me up. The bruised bafflement of its leads lingers.