By: Nick Askam
From director Yorgos Lanthimos, the Lobster is a French film that stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and Jessica Barden. It is in a dystopian future when all the people must get married and be coupled. If they do not, or get divorced, then they get sent to this city. If they do not find a find a partner, then they get turned into an animal. Colin Farrell enters the city for the first time and tries to find love with his brother who got turned into a dog.
I don’t honestly know what to think about this film except that I think it’s majorly overrated. I didn’t find it to be all that humorous or intelligent. I didn’t like the way that it presented love and it made it seem like we all need to be the same to our partners to connect. Just from personal experience, I can say that I’ve never dated someone with the exact condition that I have and that was why we connected. I suppose my condition would be farsightedness. Now I know that I must find someone who is farsighted to be complete. Sorry Ash.
Maybe I’m missing the point. Maybe I’m not seeing it correctly (no pun intended). I just feel that this movie with a forgettable score and unremarkable cinematography will be forgotten in a few short months. I thought the story was lackluster and I found the acting to be mediocre. I don’t particularly like Colin Farrell in anything I’ve seen him in which is a shame because I know that he’s a talented actor. He’s just not for me, I guess. The characters become so repetitive that it becomes hard to empathize with any of them and I don’t think it shows what’s great about modern love. In fact, I don’t even know what’s great about modern love except that we can date whoever we want if both parties are consenting. There’s no governing body or societal trends that we must worry about like in older days.
I don’t want to be the one to say it but is the future just full of white people? I mean France is a pretty diverse country albeit a little racist at times, but it’s still a place where people of all cultures come together. With this movie being in the future, wouldn’t the spreading of people of different races mixing together mean that there would be more people of color in this film. I mean it’s not like it’s difficult to find talented actors of color. I just say this as someone who honestly cannot remember if there was one person of color in this whole film. Maybe this is a metaphor for something, but I don’t get it at all.
Overall, I don’t think I like this film. It’s one of those things that I can’t wrap my head around why it’s so loved. I think the only thing that it is, is overrated. I would watch something else and just watch a romantic comedy or something. The messages of love will still probably be there without the pretentious, unnecessary plot that this movie has. The only thing that I really liked about this film was the narrator being introduced later in the film. I felt that it gave her more character depth and we almost empathized with her during the film. I did until I thought about how she was rebelling like those rebels in Star Wars. Then lost interest in her quest.