I have been dying to see this movie since I first saw the trailer a while ago. I thought that the premise was absolutely hilarious and would provide for some great social commentary. About a month ago, I watched one of Lanthimos's other films, "Dogtooth", which was weird, but intriguing. All of that being said, I was extremely excited when "The Lobster" expanded to a theater near me.
The social commentary of the film is great. It is thoroughly entertaining, and I truly lost track of time during the film. At one point, I found myself thinking, "Wow! It's only halfway through the film! So much has happened! I can't wait to see what will come next!" I love how the film commentates on both extremes of romantic ideals, and David is the perfect character to exemplify this commentary. The satire is quite funny, providing some of the best laughs in the film. There are also some great laughs brought about due to a feeling of purposeful awkwardness, some due to the writing, some due to the actors' expressions.
The film is very well-made in general. The cinematography of the film is absolutely beautiful. Close shots of dialogue and wide shots of the landscape further the development of both the plot and the characters. The score is also very unsettling, mirroring the awkward, but hilarious humor that makes up most of the film.
The acting of the film is also great. Colin Farrell is believably awkward and likable in his role. Rachel Weisz is also very good in her role, complementing Farrell well. Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, and Olivia Colman are all also funny in supporting roles.
So overall, I was really pleased with "The Lobster". Its dark satirical comedy is great, and is the type of comedy that I like in a film. While I loved it, I do realize that this film is not for everybody, as it is quite bizarre, but in a good way.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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