Disturbing, funny and brilliant, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest fantasy flick hits closer to home than most would think
The Lobster is a bizarre story about a world where love and relationships are no longer optional. Everyone needs to be in a relationship and have 45 days to find a partner or they get transformed into an animal of their choice. This dark indie stars Collin Farrel, Rachel Weisz and Lea Seydoux. It is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Sounds weird? Because it is…
Lanthimos has created a world where the people inhabiting the world are robot-like and unapologetically violent. These persons’ main goal is to find a partner they will love forever. Now, the acting here is dull, unenergetic and monotone. It takes a while to get used too this sort of acting and when you do accept the style of acting, only then can you really appreciate this movie. Everyone in the movie does a great job committing to the tone that is set in the beginning. Within the film’s mythology, its performances do work and it kind of reveal what people really are.
The score was chilling and nostalgic. There were glimmer of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in it that made for a very old school score. Since the film was so dark, the score blended and set up a tone that would go to the very end. It does make for an unconventional tone which does mirror its unconventional blend of humour and comedy. The tone for this movie should not work on any level but, somehow, Yorgos Lanthimos does make it work and only he can achieve that.
Where this movie really shines is when it gets darkly comedic. Never once does it apologizes for the mostly inappropriate humor it delivers. It perfectly blends the humor and grittiness to create a very scary world that closely resembles us.
The ending of The Lobster (which I will not spoil) is bold and daring. That sort of gutsy move is always a good way to end a movie in my opinion. Just as the characters seem to be liberated, the movie ends with an uncertainty which is exactly the way it started, coming around full circle. Some people will not appreciate the boldness and lingering ending but for me, this perfectly ties the movie together.
The start for me was less interesting than the latter parts of this film. You feel this sense of uneasiness from the beginning, however, only when the film gets darker does it kick-start and only then does it get its tone right. Luckily, it does not take long and the rest of this dark comedy is smooth sailing.
The Lobster may not be for everyone, but it is certainly no less amazing. It takes a while to get into it and the start is a bit shaky. However, it makes up for it in the latter part of the film. The dull, monotone feel of The Lobster is blended perfectly with its dark humour and rich commentary.