Abstract and tastefully made, "The Lobster" represents everything there is to love about the world of cinema. At it's core, it is simply about a man (in a near future) who loses his loved one and is sent to a hotel where he must try to find love once again within the first 45 days, or he will be forced to turn into an animal of his choosing. The film builds and builds from there, expanding this drab universe until your brain explodes with editing and visual delight, but if that basic premise turns you off from the start and you can not see yourself mildly enjoying a bizarre concept, this film is definitely not for you. I will not beat around the bush. This is a true film lover's picture with deep messages and thought-provoking story elements. Still with me? Okay, then my love rant begins here.
From the second this film began, I was sucked into this world, laughing hysterically at it's dark comedic tone, while still being dramatically invested in these characters. This film is both meant to be taken and not taken seriously the entire way through. This can be jarring at first, but the tone remains consistent. Colin Farrell, along with Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly to name a few, are all incredibly believable playing these offbeat characters who are all troubled for different reasons. Friendships, hate-ships, and love-ships are all explored throughout this picture, and they even delve into the fact that most marriages hinge on their kids to keep them happy.
There are so many undertones here to think about that I need to watch this film over and over again to catch them all. To some, this will be a very strange experience, but I was able to buy into everyones chemistry and I ended up forgetting I was even watching a film. The score was very reminiscent of a Stanley Kubrick classic, the direction is handled with intense curiosity, the cinematography was beautiful to look at, and the editing was so pin-point-perfect, that I found myself following the film as if my eyes were doing the cutting themselves. I loved every bit of this film. Would I recommend it? If you have the ability of opening your mind in a big way or if you are a huge film fan like myself, then absolutely! The average filmgoer will be turned off in an instant once they sense where it is going. This is a film that takes chances and risks in every scene, and I loved every second of it.
Review By: KJ Proulx