Review: The Lobster (2016)


I loved this cynical bitter film, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (making his English-language film debut). I was afraid it would cop out at the end. It doesn’t. And as someone who “identifies” as a cultural outlaw, a renegade, an opt-out-er, a spinster (spinsters get shit DONE, never forget) … (and who the hell cares if I “identify” when society itself has already identified me as such), I found it extremely validating, which is hilarious, considering how sinister the entire situation is as presented the film. That’s the thing about being an outlaw. You can identify with the darkest shit that the rest of society doesn’t want to admit or look at because you LIVE it. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly and a host of great character actors are all on the same page in terms of TONE, the most difficult thing, I imagine, in a film like this: finding the right tone. It’s ruthless and relentless. HIGHLY recommended.

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1 Response to Review: The Lobster (2016)

  1. Melissa Sutherland says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been called a “spinster,” or called myself one, but it is what I am. And suddenly, I like the word. I’ve been rolling it around on my tongue since I read your review of THE LOBSTER and it fits. And it is a word that resonates. So, yes.

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