Title: The Lobster
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz
Runtime: 1 hr 58 mins
What It Is: In the near future “The City” is going to require people to have a partner. Should your partner leave you, you will have to go to “The Hotel” and are given 45 days to find another one. Should you not find a new partner you will be transformed into the animal of your choice. David (Farrell) is one such person, especially no that his wife has left him. He’s at the hotel and is trying to mingle and introduce himself to someone new and 11 years of marriage. Pardon me 11 years and 2 months!
What We Think: This is a fantastically directed film. Lanthimos had previously directed Dogtooth which itself is a strange film. This film is even stranger. From the odd angles taken to the weird and quirky dialogue, this film had “indie” written all over its forehead. Farrell is so good in a lovingly nuanced performance. Rachel Weisz is her typical terrific, she always seems to perfectly grasp her character, whatever it may be. Despite its ridiculous premise, the film shows its heart on its sleeve right from the get go.
Our Grade: A-, This is a great movie, but not one that is for everyone. It is very much a niche film that people who like indies will enjoy. Lanthimos tackled the film well and Farrell continues his relative winning streak with yet another good performance. Check this out whenever you can find it, and that might prove itself difficult due to the odd distribution schedule. Also if you were stuck in “The Hotel” what animal would you want to be turned into? I’d love to hear YOUR answers, leve them in the comment section below.