The Lobster is a black comedy/drama movie set in a dystopian future, the first English language movie by Dogthooth director Yorgos Lanthimos which is just as weird, unique and original. I normally find these first trials to be a bit disappointing but The Lobster and Park Chan-wook’s Stoker definitely prove me wrong. When I decided to watch it the movie poster is what first caught my eyes very beautiful use of white space.
“He did not burst into tears and he didn’t think that the first thing most people do when they realize that someone doesn’t love them anymore is cry.”
The movie starts with unfamiliar looking Colin Farrell “David” being left by his ex wife and moving out with his dog/ or his brother to what we later know as The Hotel, a place where newly single people stay for a period of time in order to find a partner and if they failed to become a couple during that period they will be turned into an animal of their choice.
Let me just say that this is hands down one of the strangest and unsettling movies I’ve ever seen, and not because it’s set in a future society where people are turned to animals if they can’t find a partner. But because there were so many moments in this movie where I just didn’t know what to feel, how can it be so depressing yet so incredibly funny? A lot of scenes had something terrible and disturbing going on but the dialogue was hilarious I was literally laugh-crying during it. It’s definitely not an easy movie to watch, but I totally loved it. There are many movies out there that’s labeled Black-Comedy but this one is truly is. Everything about this movie is brilliant, the story, the acting, the music is shocking, the cinematography is amazing; the shots reflect loneliness, and the use of colors mostly cool-toned match the coldness of the movie, the blue-blooded lobster perfectly.
After I wrote my review of this movie I checked letterboxd for other reviews, and I rarely encounter a movie that leave everyone feeling exactly like one another, Lanthimos is a master with his vision, delivers, sends a clear message, yet it’s thought provoking, it lingers, and is hard to shake off.