The Lobster is set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the laws of “The City” are taken to “The Hotel” where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into “The Woods.”
Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos, brings us another film in his signature monotone storytelling and it doesn’t take long for you to realise that this isn’t a science-fiction film or that of a “typical” romantic drama, if you haven’t already gathered from the earlier brief synopsis. It’s a satire where single life is frowned upon.
Colin Farrell’s character attempts to fulfil the laws of “The City” by attending this “hotel” but it is soon discovered that he cannot stay in that environment and would rather live amongst those who have vacated to the forest or even die. Farrell’s character has chosen the former and for the latter half of the film, we follow him on his journeys with those who survive in the forest.
Many of the guests at the hotel are repulsive in some way, whether it be with looks, attitude, or even a small speech impediment, but these repulses are considered a common ground for many of the guests in attempts to survive in this world.
The film is very much an exaggeration and is almost painful at times, even in the brief comedic moments. It’s a strange and only mildly intriguing film that left me questioning what I had spent my time watching.