The Lobster - (2015)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.
The Lobster is a film that will divide audiences with its unique and unconventional style. Director Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a sci-fi / fantasy film that explores themes of loneliness and conformity without using any of the conventional genre elements.
The story follows David (Colin Farrell), a recently divorced man who is sent to a hotel where he must find a new partner within 45 days or be turned into an animal. The film is set in a dystopian society where being single is not tolerated and the consequences of being alone are dire.
The film has an unconventional style, with its sterile aesthetic, but unfortunately, it falls short in terms of being an entertaining film. The story is slow-paced and most of it is predictable, the bizarre elements in the film were not shocking nor original. The film's metaphors and messages about society's cruelty towards loners and singles didn't resonate with me.
It's a film that is full of self-importance and lacks the fundamental entertaining core that is needed for a film to be successful. Perhaps adding some genre elements would have helped it, or maybe it would have worked better as a novel.
I had high expectations for this film, especially after watching The Killing of a Sacred Deer and hearing positive reactions from people who told me I'd love The Lobster even more. But unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. I know a lot of people love this movie, but it's a matter of personal taste. I wish I had loved it too.
Verdict: 2 / 5 ★ - Disappointing.