NZ Film Festival – The Lobster Review

I wasn’t too sure what The Lobster was going to be about. I just recall there being a lot of fanfare around it, and when I began to look up early previews or reviews on it, I saw the words “Paunchy Colin Farrell” and that was enough to get me in the theatre for it.

The Lobster tells the story of David (Farrell), a man who lives in a dystopian near future where single people are taken to The Hotel. Here they must find a mate within 45 days or risk being turned into an animal of their choice and sent to The Woods.

With Farrell surrounded by a stellar cast filled with the likes of John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz, you’re taken on a wild journey of love and discovering the chaos in it all. With an establishment trying to control how people find that “something” in another, the story and humour is always so deft in its delivery due to how wild the overall idea is.

As love burgeons for our main character, the complexity of the situation begins to reveal itself until an ending forces the audience to ponder the cost of what our character wants is worth everything he’s risked for it.

Is love just love, or is it blind?

Summary

A wild tale of love, The Lobster is a thoughtful story filled with laughs

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