Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Lobster (2015)

I could have picked any movie I wanted. It could have been a coming-of-age movie. It could have been a rom-com. I skipped all the British movies on the Watch List, as well as all the movies and TVs with actors and actresses I don't care for. So, it is not difficult to imagine the incredible pain and distraught I felt to end up with The Lobster. Although insanely stupid, and annoyingly scripted and acted (it didn't need Colin Farrel), it wasn't a movie that one would just stop after 10 minutes or so. It's quirkiness, no, that's not the right word, it's absurdness gave hope that there just might be a point being made and a lesson learned if one watched to the end. And Rachel Weisz was a co-star. And who can resist John C. Reilly.

Unfortunately, watching to the end might not be the best of choices. The first half centers on a hotel where people from the city go who have lost (by death or divorce) their partner. They have 45 days to find a new love or they are turned into an animal. Many bizarre things happen there. Then the movie shifts to the woods where a group of loners live, whose rule is they cannot have a partner or any love interest. Then some bad stuff happens to Rachel Weisz, and then after a bit, the movie ends. It's terrible.

Thank goodness there is a never ending supply of coming-of-age movies.

IMDb Link to The Lobster

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