Andrew reviews the aggressively weird The Lobster
|Just three plain white dudes doing plain|
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Unconventional to a fault for some and arguably less focused than the sustained buildup to shock that was Dogtooth, The Lobster is (as it should be) a difficult pill to swallow. It has no linear narrative structure to speak of, no real conflict beyond a desire to connect and maintains a careful distance from it's audience. Visually it's an ultra modern chunk of sterility which would make the dulled white rooms of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange look colorful by comparison. That not one human sounding passage of dialogue is to be found anywhere in the picture only makes the displacement that much more jarring. Neither safe nor easy, The Lobster doesn't intend to answer all the questions it poses but rather invites viewers to take a step back for a short time and regard the world we live in with a different pair of eyes for two hours. This isn't for everyone and at times one is hard pressed to call it "good" as it seems determined to upset conventions in cinema we often take for granted. It would be easy to label this Lynchian but Lanthimos' take on surrealism is less easy to spot as it looks, feels, sounds and tastes so much like our own life. As Roger Ebert noted on his review of Dogtooth, The Lobster resembles a family album with something implacably off about it. The average moviegoer can and likely will be annoyed by this but for the far more daring and open minded cinephiles out there, The Lobster is not to be missed!
- Andrew Kotwicki