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Youth Review: The Lobster

18 November 2015

The Lobster is the first English speaking film from writer director Yorgos Lanthimos. Set in a strange alternate reality, it tells the story of a man destined to be turned into a lobster if he can’t find his perfect companion.

Although the premise of the film is bizarre bordering on ridiculous, Lanthimos goes all out with great conviction and confidence that he can make it work. The characters' portrayal of human interaction is equally as bizarre, but somehow this all lends itself to making the story of this film almost believable. In the world of The Lobster, anything is possible. Camels dodder around the English countryside, nose bleeds make you more attractive to potential partners and the wilderness is where singletons go to be hunted down by the state. 

But is it farce, surrealism, sociological commentary, or just a wacky director with a willing film crew?

Well the group couldn’t quite decide, with each reviewer having their own take on it. As one reviewer put it, it is ‘one to go away and think about.’ But perhaps more important is the fact that the group couldn’t quite decide if they liked it. None of the group knew what to expect prior to the screening and so The Lobster caught them completely off guard. One thing that the group did make note of, was the very strong reaction that other audience members had in the cinema, especially towards the quite brutal animal violence and the tense ‘will he won’t he’ moment towards the end between Colin Farrell’s character and a steak knife. 

This being said the group agreed that this is a film that will make you think. One group member said that ‘it is not for everybody, but if you keep an open mind, then it really makes you think about cinema differently.’

So overall this was a highly surreal and unexpected experience. Brilliantly mad-cap for some and purposefully divisive for others, this is a film that you will have to watch yourself to make your own mind up. 

An overall Youth Review consensus - 3/5

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review