Monday, June 19, 2017

Movie Review: The Lobster (2015)


Movie: The Lobster (2015)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Wishaw, Lea Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Angelika Papoulia, Ariane Labed, Ashley Jensen, Jessica Barden, & Olivia Colman

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Single people are brought to a Hotel and given 45 days in order to fall in love with a partner or they will be turned into an animal of their choosing and sent into the woods.



What did I just watch?

I was extremely intrigued and excited to watch this movie after seeing the trailer for The Lobster.  It looked exactly like the quirky type of offbeat movie that I end up really getting into and watching again and again as the years go by, kind of like Lars and the Real Girl or Her.  Both of those center around lonely characters who are trying to find love by hopefully connecting with another unique individual searching for the same circumstance.

Plus, John C. Reilly seems like the perfectly cast sidekick for a movie like this.  He is always good at toeing the line of comedy and drama in movies like Cedar Rapids and Cyrus.

Let me just set the odd plot for you...if I even can.  Singles go to stay at a hotel for 45 days in which they try and find someone else staying at the hotel to fall in love with.  If they don't fall in love with someone within those 45 days, they then turn into an animal of their choosing to live our the rest of their lives as.  So, that might be the most original idea I've heard of in some time.  Yes, it sounds super weird, and even typing it is kind of awkward, but a movie like that can definitely work.

This movie did not.

I've heard good things but those were mostly from critics and this is one of the reasons that you should just watch a movie without having any preconceived intentions.  I kept waiting for something to happen that would turn the movie around but it actually continued to get weirder and much darker as the movie went on.  

Some movies that are weird and out there can be special and some of them can just be weird and out there.  This one is the latter.

Two people from Spectre (which I just watched) decided to show in this movie too.  Ben Wishaw and Lea Seydoux decided to make it back-to-back movies in two totally different types of film.  I thought Wishaw was well suited for the awkwardness of this movie and I thought Seydoux was like staring at paint dry once again.  Some actors just don't do it for me, and she has turned out to be one of them.

Rating: 2.5/10