Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Lobster

Writer/Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster wins the bizzaro award for this year, so far.
The setup is a society where you must be a couple to be able to live in the City.  If you are single, you have two choices: go to a clinic where you have 30 days to partner-up or be turned into an animal of your choice or become a loner in the forest and be hunted by those from the clinic, who get extra days, depending on how many loners they shoot with tranquilizer darts.  And, while the object of the clinic is to find a lover, loners cannot have any sexual contact or they are killed off by their own.
This all leads to some very bizarre and funny situations.  Unfortunately, these only work about two-thirds of the time.  That leaves for too much downtime.

Nevertheless, Colin Farrell as a clinic escapee, Rachel Weisz as a loner who falls in love with him and Lea Seydoux as the strict loner leader are all wonderful right up until the super bizarre ending.

I give The Lobster a 3.5 out of 5. 

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