The Lobster (Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands, 2015)

Lobster-PosterDirected by: Yorgos Lanthimos. At the risk of conforming to every stereotype about fancy-pants film nerds falling over themselves to praise some obtuse, abstract, non-conventional arthouse movie by a European director, after talking so much shit about superheroes and Fast and Furious and Michael Bay, I really cannot contain my excitement upon seeing this film. This is one of the most original, enjoyable, downright funny, but also alarming and shocking films I’ve seen in a long time, and a truly singular and unique filmgoing experience. I haven’t felt like this about a movie ever, and I really like it. There’s a lot going on in this thing, and I can’t wait to see it a second time. It’s definitely the smartest thing Colin Farrell has done, and he and everyone else here really prove themselves top notch actors to be able to pull this off—Rachel Weisz basically steals the movie in a way. It’s a very challenging film, with no conventions to fall back on, either in the script or the acting or anything else. I usually don’t talk about plot, and I won’t here, but just read up a bit and then go see it. I don’t know if it’s utterly profound, but it’s definitely…quietly brilliant. It’s a very understated film, and really it’s a comedy I think. There’s so much funny stuff in it, more than 99% of “comedies” out there which—I’m also pretty hard on but it bears repeating—are mostly garbage and not even funny. This movie has such heart even though it seems really cold, and it has such warmth even though it’s really brutal. I don’t like just violence for the sake of it, especially against a dog, but I appreciated how this world was never too whimsical. And maybe that’s the difference between this and a lot of twee/whimsical mid-2000’s shit. That’s where Michel Gondry lost me—too twee and sweet and whimsical. In this film, the fantasy world is actually completely brutal, and it lets us know how awful it is. But there’s also tremendous beauty and warmth and tenderness, etc, and I think that this is the film’s thesis, this is the stuff that we’re supposed to take with us, as the credits roll, out into the world: it’s a film about human tenderness, the need for love and affection that only comes from reaching out beyond yourself, in this cold, brutal world. Yada yada yada—see the damn thing!

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