Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos makes his English language debut with “The Lobster,” a dystopian black comedy about people who have 45 days to find love before their turned into animals. Starring Colin Ferrell, Rachel Weisz, and Lea Seydoux, the film takes a humorous approach to a dark setting as it tells the story of an awkward man.
Colin Ferrell made heads turn earlier this year in “True Detective” as everyone pretty much despised it, but with this film he redeems himself. Staring as David, an awkward man whose wife died, he finds himself at a hotel where he is supposed to find love, or he’ll be turned into an animal.
The film laces awkward and dark humor into its rather terrifying set-up, with the ensemble giving great delivery and a well thought out plot. While the lines can be clunky and direct, it helps keep focus on the situation at hand, and keeps you from drifting into the dystopian world that Lanthimos created.
The grey cinematography does an excellent job of establishing the feeling of melancholy and dread that all the characters feel. The serene landscape helps you feel home-sick and like you’re missing something.
The dramatic music matched with Rachel Weisz’s stern and demanding narration makes for an engaging experience that captivates and terrifies you. That, along with the apathy to the cruelness of the people around, such as the hotel management and the loner leader, (played by the great Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman) make the overall experience of the film equally great and rather frightening.