Saturday, January 23, 2016

Quick Reviews: The Lobster (2015)

Wow, this is weird.  Leave it to my Irish brethren to make a crazy, low-key Sci-Fi Film...
In a bleak future, men like David (Colin Farrell) are forced to be part of a couple or else they are turned into an animal!
He's sent to a Resort where the Loners (Single people) are given a small window of time to find a mate or be punished.

Oh and don't touch yourself or they'll burn your hand.
David reluctantly hooks up with a cruel woman in order to avoid being turned into a Lobster.
Things don't exactly work out, so he flees to the Woods to live a new life.
He finds some people living as Loners there and finds someone he is actually attracted to.  Can things work out for the best?
Or will this bleak future prove to be too much for true love and all that?  To find out, watch the Film.
Weird, dry stuff.  The whole thing works and/or fails based on one thing: it's dry humor.  Even though the premise is absolutely bizarre, they never treat it like that.  For better or worse, the Film treats everything with a casual, disinterested tone.  Crazy stuff like being turned into a Horse if you don't marry is just, well, something that happens.  They also get very oddly-specific about certain details- strange.  If you don't like that kind of thing, it just isn't going to work for you.  After Absolutely Anything and its wacky tone, this one sure feels strange.  The Irish and the Brits really don't get along!  Everyone here does a good job, from Farrell's casual tone to Ben Whishaw's angry Loner.  Again- you won't like them if you don't buy into the Film's humor.  The Lobster isn't a great Film, but I had a bizarrely-good time with it.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go to an NRA Picnic...
Curious stuff that won't be for everyone.  The whole thing is drier than white toast, but also crazy.

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