“The Lobster” Review


Sometimes human beings wonder how it would feel to be an animal, and sometimes they want to be a specific animal. The animal that would be wise to choose is one that has many freedoms and certain abilities that humans do not have. That is like birds fly and humans do not.

“The Lobster” focuses on a lonely man named David (Colin Farrell). He checks into a hotel where relationships are the focus. The rule is that the hotel guests have to find a romantic partner in a time span of forty-five days. If that does not happen, that causes guests to be transformed into beasts and sent off into the wilderness. David’s animal is, of course, a “lobster.”

David is in an odd place. In the hotel he is the only normal guest where as two others have fairly odd backgrounds. There is the Lisping Man, and there is the Limping man (John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw). They are guests have quite poor impulse control and end up suffering consequences for not following orders of the hotel. I will not elaborate on this, because “The Lobster” is a film full of quirky surprises.

David meets the Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz), and he pursues her. The chemistry between the two characters lacks. I believe the lacking is so that audiences can focus more on David. Not specifically about him, but why he would want to be a “lobster.” If viewers watch the movie, they will understand the full context of why a “lobster” is important to David. Is it because a lobster pinches? Is it because a lobster swims? Or is it because he is in love with the animal? There are many unanswered questions that will require a viewing.

When I watched “The Lobster,” I was really intrigued by the cinematography aspect of the movie. The color and lighting seems faded. Faded to a point where audience feel there is emotional elements bound to occur in the movie. Cinematographer, Thimios Bakatakis worked on with the director Yorgos Lanthimos (director of “The Lobster”) on films before “The Lobster” and did the cinematography for him. Bakatakis used natural light for a majority of the film and only certain lighting for night time scenes. I believe that was done to make the film heighten the tension of the characters, the plot, and the particular settings in the film. I guess negative lighting can work well for a comedy now in this day and age.

“The Lobster” is not amazing, but it is well crafted and charming. Also, for Farrell I believe he fit the role well for a depressed man. I wonder now what kind of animal I would be. I would not be a “lobster” though, I would be a bird. That would be because if I was one I would be able to fly all the time and experience what the world has to offer. “The Lobster” may make viewers wonder how to think of their future and what they hope to find in terms of love and friendship.


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