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The Lobster
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08.23.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Yorgos Lanthimos

Actors:
Colin Farrell
Rachel Weisz
John C. Reilly

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a society where having a mate is mandatory, a newly single man (Colin Farrell) is taken to a resort where he's given forty-five days to find a mate or be turned into the animal of his choosing.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It was very satisfying that despite a few hiccups on the way to North American theaters (the loss of a distributor and the fact that a high-quality pirate copy from R2 Blu-Rayís was on the torrents for months) THE LOBSTER actually found a decent art-house audience. Distributor A24 certainly knows how to market challenging films, and the $9 million domestic box-office is a considerable victory, with less than half that usually being the bar as to how successful these kinds of releases are.

Itís a good thing too that the film caught on as Yorgos Lanthimosís wildly unconventional, surrealist sci-fi satire is the weirdest example of the genre to come out since Sean Connery wore a diaper in ZARDOZ. The premise is pretty nifty, that a singleton has six weeks to find a mate or be turned into an animal of their choosing. Farrell chooses a lobster, and his performance, as a shy, middle-of-the-road office drone, is one of the best things heís ever done. Buried under a moustache, a padded belly and glasses, Farrellís changed everything about himself to fit the part, including changing his gait and adopting a slightly less confident way of talking. Itís a skillful performance, especially during one extended episode where he has to assume a sadistic persona in order to potentially secure a mate.

If anything especially critical can be said about THE LOBSTER, itís that the second half, where Farrell finds himself among a band of fugitive exiles, doesnít quite measure up to the brilliance of the first half Ė which is like Stanley Kubrick film. Even so, the second half (which almost feels like a separate entity unto itself) has a lot of great parts, including a great role for Rachel Weisz, as the object of Farrellís affection. Itís also a thoroughly gorgeous film to look at (despite a reportedly modest budget) and comes off really well in high-def, which makes this disc a keeper.

THE EXTRAS
The Fabric of Attraction: Concocting THE LOBSTER: A roughly twenty minute "behind the scenes" doc, notable only that a look at the making of a film like this is always an intriguing watch. This is pretty standard fare. It's too bad a more elaborate package wasn't put out.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While THE LOBSTER most assuredly isnít for everyone (you have to have an appreciation for the bizarre) it ranks among the best genre films out there and well worth seeing for the curious or adventurous. Highly recommended Ė even as a blind buy.
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1:06PM on 08/23/2016
I certainly enjoyed the first half more. And as a whole the movie feels kind of ambivalent, much like the characters. As someone who has experienced the modern dating scene though, there are moments that do hit home in a big way.
I certainly enjoyed the first half more. And as a whole the movie feels kind of ambivalent, much like the characters. As someone who has experienced the modern dating scene though, there are moments that do hit home in a big way.
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11:57AM on 08/23/2016
It really lost me in the second half. Shame.
It really lost me in the second half. Shame.
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11:27AM on 08/23/2016

LOVE this movie

Excellent in theatres and the blu ray looks great
Excellent in theatres and the blu ray looks great
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