Monday, 28 December 2015

The Lobster (2015)

So it's been a week since I intended to post this and I've probably forgotten everything about the film. Well apart from the fact that I fucking loved it and haven't stopped recommending it to everyone. At the same time, I've just got a new laptop for Christmas and everything has shifted to the left slightly. Without meaning to sound big-headed, I'm fucking great at typing and this is throwing me off completely. I have't typed this slowly since I first used a fucking computer. So I warn you, there may be spelling mistakes and random symbols that shouldn't really be here. I blame my inability to accept change. So a badly written and ill-informed review. Who else is really fucking excited to see how this turns out?

I don't know why I first wanted to see The Lobster. It's one of those films I heard snippets about but never really registered with. I'm so fucking glad I eventually started paying attention though. I loved it. Set in a future where being single is an unacceptable way of life. Anyone not in a relationship is shipped off to hotels full of other single people in order to be paired up as soon as possible. Those unable to find a suitable mate will be turned into the animal of their choosing after 45 days.

So it's safe to say that The Lobster is a fucking weird film. Not least because it may completely change your opinion of Colin Farrell. The Irish actor has done what every big name actor does at some point and has de-handsomed himself. With a new paunch and a dodgy moustache, the Hollywood hunk is far from the hunky macho men he is so used to playing. Although, if I'm honest I've never really seen the appeal of the trampy Farrell and found myself more attracted to his The Lobster dad-bod look than I've ever been before.

I also found myself praising his understated and subtle performance: a thing I would never have believed possible a few years ago. Taking the role of David, Farrell is subtle and funny. David says very little but Farrell nails his deadpan attitude to the absurdity around him. He flourishes in this strange, dark comedy more than he ever did in the shitty Horrible Bosses. It almost makes me wonder why I hate him so much.

There's something about director Yorgos Lanthimos' story that helps make him so charming. There's something about David that makes him stand out. Unlike everyone else, he doesn't just want to become a dog. He sees the ridiculousness of his situation but is just as desperate to make it as anyone else. You're rooting for him to make it and, in the latter half of the film, you are fully on board with his weird romance.

Although, the second half of the film loses its way a little. Once David escapes from the hotel and finds support from a band of permanently single outlaws the pace slows and the focus gets blurry. Still, with a little help from the always wonderful Rachel Weisz, Farrell manages to make a rushed love story utterly compelling and incredibly funny.

The Lobster isn't a film that everyone will love. It's a strange and self-indulgent film. However, if you persist you will hopefully find a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and darkly funny film. The film takes a satirical look at our society's approach to dating and the idea that love is a science. It is a clever film that, despite a few missteps, is a joy to watch. Thanks in no small part to an incredibly strong cast, including the likes of Olivia Colman, Ben Wishaw and John C Reilly.

As someone who admits they didn't watch a lot of films in 2015 it means fuck all to say that this is one of my top films of the year. However, that shouldn't mean nothing. The Lobster is my kind of film. I love the weird and dark. I apparently also love chubby Colin Farrell. This has certainly been a year of unexpected revelations.

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