He's her lobster

He's her lobster

Weird and wonderful, the new film, The Lobster, is something to talk about

The Lobster opened in cinemas to critical acclaim and divided public opinion. A thoroughly bizarre tale of one man on a quest to find love (a star turn from Colin Farrell as you’ve never seen him before - moustached, geeky and about two stone overweight), director Yorgos Lanthimos’s English-language debut is both thought-provoking and creepy.

The story - set in a dystopian future that feels like it could be the present day - opens with Farrell’s character checking into a hotel after his wife leaves him. We quickly learn that if a guest isn’t lucky enough to find a partner during their stay, they will be transformed into an animal of their choice and released into the wild. Guests can extend their stay to increase their chances of human survival by shooting the renegade singleton loners that lurk in the woods - somewhere Farrell’s character eventually escapes to and meets (and falls in love with) Rachel Weisz’s character. Incidentally, here in the woods you are forbidden from pairing off with one another, which leads to its own problems.

Farrell and Weisz lead a cracking cast that includes Lea Seydoux, Olivia Coleman, Ben Whishaw and John C Reilly to name but a few. The film feels like it’s split into two parts: the hotel and the woods, and in doing so, feels representative of the two approaches to life: being partnered up or being alone. Both appear to be a struggle at times, and each camp firmly believes their way is the right way. There is no in-between, much like when Farrell’s character is told by the hotel staff upon his arrival when being given a pair of shoes, “There are no half sizes”. There will be no half-formed opinions on the film either. You’ll love it or hate it - go and find out which camp you belong in.

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  • Words: Catriona Taylor