The Lobster (2015)

The Lobster

The Lobster Review

The Lobster is a 2015 dramedy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. It is such a lost potential and such a disgusting movie.

It is about a city in which singles are given 45 years to find a partner before they are turned into an animal. This is such a fantastic and original idea that it is such a shame how horrendously executed it is. Granted, the performances are pretty good and the first act or so is interesting and intriguing, but everything else here is just awful and even unwatchable.

This is a typical Yorgos Lanthimos film and after this and ‘Dogtooth‘, I have to say that I am not a fan. I strongly dislike his sick tendencies, especially towards animals as animal torture and murder is common in both of these movies and is just sickening to behold. He is such an awful director that has potential as his storylines are truly original, but he tends to rely on violence, sex and just awful, disgusting deeds instead of focusing on clever messages and dialogue.

The dialogue in this movie is so weird as is everything, but it is negatively weird. It starts off solidly, but quickly goes into horrible territory and the whole dialogue is just so annoying and the way they speak is frustrating to listen. And the performances, although solid, are not that remarkable and the film is overlong and slow paced. And the character development is quite weak which is bad as it is essential for this kind of story.

I was so disappointed in The Lobster as the premise alone sounded so interesting and I was looking forward to it. But now I have to say that I hate the end product and it was even unwatchable at times due to its purely annoying and often repulsive nature. This is the story that could have been such a great social commentary on modern relationships, but ended up being an excuse for sensational violence and off-putting weirdness.

The Lobster has such a strong and original premise, but everything else here is just horrendous. This is a typical Yorgos Lanthimos movie filled with horrible and gruesome imagery, disgusting animal torture scenes, horrible violence and it is just awfully off-putting and simply repulsive.

My Rating – 1.5

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