Actors Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in a dark comedy called THE LOBSTER. Many critics have praised the movie but I’m not among them.
The trailer for THE LOBSTER made me want to see it. But after actually watching the film, I can’t recommend it.
It’s set in a world where it’s illegal to be single, which is a very clever starting point, but the comedy is too dark for my tastes, and the overall tone of the movie is grim.
Plus, the ending leaves the audience hanging.
Hotel manager: if you fail to connect with someone during your stay here, you’ll turn into an animal. Now, have you thought of what animal you’d like to be if you end up alone?
David: Yes, a lobster.
Manager: Why a lobster
David: Because lobsters live for over 100 years, are blue blooded like aristocrats and stay fertile all their lives.
Colin Farrell is David, newly single after his wife dumped him. And in this strange world he’s sent to a hotel where he has just 45 days to find a new partner.
That partner must be someone with whom he shares an obvious trait like a lisp or a limp. A fortunate few do make a connection.
Manager (to a new couple): If you encounter into any problems you cannot resolve yourselves, you’ll be assigned children. That usually helps.
The only way to extend the 45 day deadline for finding a partner is to hunt down and capture single people called “loners” who live in the nearby woods. You get one additional day for each loner you capture.
It is a fiendishly clever premise for a movie: the forced conformity of a society in which being single is simply not tolerated.
When the desperate David runs away to join the loners in the woods, he meets an intriguing woman played by Rachel Weisz only to discover than in the woods, it’s couples that are not tolerated.
Leader of the Loners: Any romantic or sexual relations are punished.
So, in this movie, simply being human is forbidden. And most of the characters do seem more like robots than people. The dialogue is stiff, slow and very deliberate. You often have time to imagine a character’s response before that character even begins to speak.
It’s a shame that such a rich and promising idea has been given such an offbeat, off-putting treatment.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org