Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film is strange, beautiful, and moving. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colma, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw, The Lobster is set in a society where being single is a major no-no. If you’re single, you’re taken to a resort where you have forty-five days to find a mate. If you’re not compatible with anyone, you’re turned into the animal of your choice at the end of your stay (I’d totally be a cat, btw).
The acting is top-notch in this film. Colin Farrell in particular is a marvel. He’s soft-spoken, genuine, and intelligent. He brings a warmth and vulnerability to the role of David, and you root for him to find happiness. Other standouts are Ben Whishaw as Limping Man and John C. Reilly as Lisping Man. They provided humor in a serious setting, and showed different facets of humanity.
The cinematography is stunning. I was constantly in awe of the shots and framing, and the locales were gorgeous.
The story is unusual and intriguing and a fascinating look at how the world views romance. The Lobster won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, as it’s quite weird, but if you love thought-provoking stories, you’ll love this film.
Amazing performances, stunning cinematography, and a fascinating look at society’s viewpoints on romance and relationships make The Lobster an enticing,unique, wondrous film. It won’t please everyone, but if it sounds interesting to you, take a dive into this wonderful rabbit hole.
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