“The Lobster” is a Puzzling Prize (Review)
I had to drive some distance to see this film. It is very much a pity that the more rewarding film experiences are often the least accessible. While I admit that more “artistic” content has shifted toward home-viewing now—I insist that the ritual and experience of a theatre venue is more valid than the domestic one.
The film was a surprise—even a shock—and it was worth the drive
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]If you choose to see this film, be prepared to talk about it after the credits roll. Consider yourself warned: everything is metaphor.[/pullquote]
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz (among other name players) made for a strong cast, but in this film, their acting talents were put to use in demonstrating restraint. The characters of this unusual reality were almost all inhibited: they seemed childlike, or vacant and existential when confronted with choices or even with feelings. Director Yorgos Lanthimos created an alternative near-future where most of the inhabitants meekly resign themselves to absurd levels of conformity and convention. Their lives are subject to odd codes of behavior or bizarre rituals, and the penalties for disobedience are either disproportionate or ridiculous.
If you choose to see this film, be prepared to talk about it after the credits roll. Consider yourself warned: everything is metaphor.
The shots and music add to the surreal quality of the action and settings. The message, however—if you can decipher it–is valid. Despite their seeming lack of individuality and courage, a few among the oppressed manage to test the lengths of their tethers and become, well, if not free, something freer. Rather than conform, you might choose an alternate existence. You could become a loner–or a lobster.