THE LOB­STER

An­i­mal Crack­ers

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Love means never hav­ing to turn into a snappy- clawed crus­tacean.

re­leased 16 oc­to­ber

15 | 118 min­utes

Di­rec­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos

Cast Colin Far­rell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Sey­doux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Ari­ane Labed

As science fic­tion fans we’re used to weird worlds and strange tales, but be­lieve us when we tell you that The Lob­ster is re­ally weird. Imag­ine if Ge­orge Or­well and Franz Kafka co- wrote a satire of mod­ern dat­ing cul­ture and you’re in the right ball park.

Colin Far­rell stars as bul­bous­bel­lied sin­gle­ton David. In The Lob­ster’s par­al­lel present only cou­ples are al­lowed to live in The City, while sin­gle folk are shipped off to The Ho­tel, where they’re given 45 days to find the per­fect part­ner or face be­ing trans­formed into an an­i­mal of their choos­ing ( David’s is a lob­ster, of course). To buy more time The Ho­tel’s res­i­dents can hunt Lon­ers, who live in the sur­round­ing woods il­le­gally and have com­mit­ted to a life with­out re­la­tion­ships. But just like ev­ery­one else, The Lon­ers are bound by their own au­thor­i­tar­ian rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Played for dead­pan laughs, The Lob­ster is ri­otously funny de­spite some haunt­ingly hor­rific twists and turns. Di­rec­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos, mak­ing his English lan­guage de­but, shines an ab­sur­dist spotlight on re­la­tion­ship ideals, skew­er­ing so­ci­ety’s cou­ple fix­a­tion. In this world a sin­gle, seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant shared char­ac­ter­is­tic ( such as the ten­dency to have nose­bleeds) is val­ued above all else. This idea is flipped on its head in the woods, where any­one who can’t keep their hands to them­selves faces bru­tal reper­cus­sions. It’s here that David falls for Rachel Weisz’s sim­i­larly short- sighted woman.

Far­rell is great value as David, a sad- sack ro­man­tic in a world gone mad, while The Ho­tel’s lovelorn res­i­dents ( among them Ben Whishaw and John C Reilly), Olivia Col­man’s mad ho­tel man­ager and Léa Sey­doux’s un­com­pro­mis­ing Loner leader all of­fer mem­o­rable sup­port­ing turns. The hu­mour won’t be to ev­ery­one’s taste and there’s no deny­ing that the film over­stays its welcome, but The Lob­ster proves an en­ter­tain­ing and pe­cu­liar dystopian drama – a dish ev­ery­one should try once. Jor­dan Far­ley

David is the only named char­ac­ter. Ev­ery­one else goes by the likes of “Bis­cuit Woman” and “Lisp­ing Man”.

No mat­ter what they did, they couldn’t es­cape Trump’s hair.

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