This is a smart and terrifying and sort of perfect film, in its own way. The Lobster is a challenging watch, though, for anyone who isn't down with Lanthimos's particular vision. I saw it with an older, bourgeois audience at the opening night of the Florida Film Festival, and the discomfort in the audience was palpable. Chatting with people the next day, I found that a good number of people didn't like the film nearly as much as I did. Too each her own. I like a film that is willing to unsettle.
There are a couple more things worth remarking:
1) We've all been waiting for people to discover just how brilliant Colin Farrel is. I don't really think The Lobster will change everyone's mind about him, but I sure wish it would. His work here is just superb.
2) This is not a science-fiction film. The characters live in some kind of dystopia or alternate universe, but again it really isn't so different from our own world – an exaggeration, no more.
|Just a couple of awkward guys tryin' to get dates.|
4) If you liked or were fascinated by Lanthimos's previous (Academy-Award-nominated) film Dogtooth, I'm here to tell you that The Lobster is even better. Get ready.
There is actually quite a good deal more to say, but I don't think I want to do a reading of The Lobster, at least not yet. I'd rather wait until more people have seen it and have thoughts on this strange, intriguing film.