I’m trying to do less movie and music blog posts, but I saw this film recently and I just had to share what I thought with you all. I don’t know if I just watched it at a really good time in my life, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all week.
The Lobster stars Colin Farrell as David, a recently widowed middle-aged man, who lives in a dystopian world where it is a legal requirement for everybody to be in a happy relationship. Those who find themselves single are taken to a hostel which is run by Oliva Coleman’s character. The inhabitants of this hostel have forty-five days to find a match or they are turned into an animal. I know, what? An animal. Like, a pig or a dog or whatever. It was awesome.
In the background, there is a mysterious ‘hunt’ that the guests are obliged to take part in. They are given a tranquilizer gun and sent into the woods to subdue these people who live there in return for extra days before they are to be morphed into an animal. This plot device emphasises a real sense of danger and darkness that is already in abundance in other parts of the movie – from the numerous attempts Farrell and other characters try to find a mate (and the strange undertones of desperation), to a really odd scene when he requests to be turned into a lobster at the end.
The dark humour in this scene pervades the rest of the movie, leading to some really hilarious parts when you least expect it. The film plays with your expectations all the way through, always leaving you unsure of what’s going to happen next.The film is also shot beautifully to add to the atmosphere.
I mean, I could keep talking about these technical reasons why I enjoyed the film, but it’s impossible to talk about it without turning to the entire premise of the plot. This idea of a world where it is compulsory to be in a relationship is thought-provoking and pretty terrifying, actually. It leads people to live essentially fake lives, forcing a smile but being dead behind the eyes. It definitely warrants discussion in the comments below.
I don’t want to go on about it too much because it’s better to watch this film with no real idea of what to expect. I’ll leave you with this quote, which was my favourite line in the movie. It is delivered as a narration (voiced gorgeously by Rachel Weisz).
“One day, as he was playing golf, he thought that it is more difficult to pretend that you do have feelings when you don’t, than it is to pretend you don’t have feelings when you do.”