Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
The Lobster
Released:  October 16, 2015
Sometimes we take chances in life.   I had decided to see the latest “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, but at the last minute I pivoted to Theatre 18 to the back section of my AMC.  It’s a theatre reserved for movies with small crowds.  Counting me, we had four.  One guy was late.
This bizarre storyline is set in a dystopian society where single people have 45 days to find their mate or they turn into their favorite animal and are cast into The Woods.  Our hero, if you can call him that, is David, played by Hollywood-cool and super-talented Colin Farrell.  Farrell is a mere 39 and from Dublin so he has the international stink about him.  This 2015 film has production company input from several European countries and The City depicted in this movie is supposed to be Dublin.  A24 has the U.S. distribution.
Farrell’s David shares in the opening interview at The Hotel that if he doesn’t make it, he’d like to be a lobster.  “They live to be over a hundred years.”  Ok, David, but can you find a woman, since you have chosen “heterosexual,” that is compatible with you?
Other well-matched couples shared characteristics such “short-sightedness” or even Limping Man was able to hook up with Nosebleed Woman by lying about his unique ability to have nose bleeds routinely.  Wolves had eaten part of his leg; not his brain.  Limping Man (Ben Whishaw) hid from his intended mate the small fact that he was inducing his nose bleeds by banging his face into hardwood furniture.  Hey, a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.
Yeah, that’s normal, if you exist in a bizzaro-world and in the petri dish of Greek Director and Co-writer Yorgos Lanthimos’ tortured imagination who is trying to make insightful literary takes about love, trust, loyalty, honesty, and pained choices by a frighten society.  “The Lobster” is Lanthimos’ first English movie so I give him props for a breakthrough in his career, but don’t try this crap on me.
Many artsy-crafty critics and ticket-buyers will ooh and aah about this flick, but the characters are unlovable and the story is strained.  There’s way too much needlessly nervy effort in trying to create mystery and deep thought when it’s actually a futile story of sadness and gloom.  I want entertainment; this was a huge disappointment.  “The Lobster” stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz (Short Sighted Woman), Jessica Barden (Nosebleed Woman) and John C. Reilly (Lisping Man).  I was tricked!
Not to mention, British actress Olivia Colman beautifully played The Manager of The Hotel.  Colman won my heart in her recent portrayal of a British spy in AMC’s six-episode “The Night Manager.”  This film has talent and is thought-provoking if you care; I didn’t care and could barely wait until it was over.  Rock ‘n Roll.
Grade 65.  Larry H.     
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