A Highlight of 2015- The Lobster

The Lobster is an absurdist black comedy starring Colin Farrell, in a dystopian alternate reality David’s (Colin Farrell’s) wife has left him and as a result he is taken to a hotel full of singles. These single people have 45 days to find a partner before they are turned into animals.

This film is memorable, unique and –perhaps most importantly- massively immersive.

We reviewed The Lobster around its’ release but now, with the value of hindsight, it’s apparent that it was a real highlight of last year’s cinematic offerings. Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted an immensely unique film.

A greyscale colour scheme, an uncharacteristically fat Colin Farrell and consistently, purposefully clunky dialogue give this film a feel quite unlike anything else. The dialogue particularly is so mind-bendingly awkward it forces laughs throughout. Elsewhere stark, shocking, violent moments keep the audience on their toes. A donkey is murdered without explanation in the opening scene and that just about sets the tone for the onslaught of oddity that The Lobster un-compromisingly offers…

Farrell’s not the only star to make his presence felt, elsewhere Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly and Lea Seydoux feature in varied and interesting roles- all of them though are very much bound into the film’s peculiar and unique dialogue system.

It’s great to see something so original met with financial success…

Seemingly Lanthimos has produced films in this/his unique style before but this is his first mainstream release and it’s been a marked success at the box office. Given that finance seems to drive the film industry even more than it should at present, (stop and think about the amount of re-makes and spin-off movies in cinemas,) it’s great to see something so original met with financial success. This also means we’re likely to see more of Lanthimos’ work in future and, if The Lobster is anything to go by, it will be well worth taking in.

This film is memorable, unique and –perhaps most importantly- massively immersive. It draws an audience in with its immediate leap into the absurd un-known. There’s no build up or measured reveal of the strange world the characters inhabit. Instead the premise and baffling atmosphere is made apparent very quickly. This un-ashamed approach to absurdity is admirable and gripping.

By George Storr

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