Be a Lobster
When I die, I want to be a lobster.
The Lobster is an experiment.
This review may not make sense.
But that’s okay.
Try to just focus on the ideas behind the review, not what’s truly in front of you.
The Lobster is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and a bunch of other animals.
I am not going to talk about the plot. It is irrelevant. The Lobster is a movie all about themes. That’s what we’re going to discuss.
The Lobster is based in dystopian world – the funny kind. The one where you’re turned into an animal if you don’t follow it’s rules.
The Pressure to Be Two is One
Society constantly pressures people to partner up and get married. And you know what? That’s a good thing. If human civilization is to survive, two people must unite and become one. By becoming one, they create a stable environment for children to grow. Humans are one of the few creatures whose children require a nurturing environment for them to grow in and survive.
Society constantly pressures people to partner up and get married. Just like you had school, college and work, it’s one of life’s stages… final stages to be more precise. Society reveres the joining of two people, there is a holy celebration. When an individual comes off age, needless to say there’s:
- Pressure from Parents – Need I say more? It’s their life’s mission to get you married.
- Pressure from Friends – Either everyone is getting married or you’re the only single person in the group
- Pressure from Society – Now, you’re the only single person on earth
That’s how society works. It has programmed us to believe that we can’t be alone. And it puts this relentless, unwavering pressure on each individual to partner up and get married. You can’t escape it. You are made to believe it from the moment you are born. And after years pressure and social propaganda – you get married.
The Lobster is an experiment. It is a society where no adults are allowed to be alone. Society’s law is absolute – they must have a partner. Our society exude the same pressure, the same law – you must have a partner.
On the other hand, you can blame everything on lizards who rule the world, they just want to humans to be their slaves.
The Lies Told to the Partner
Is a relationship based on truth? Or, is it based on a lie?
Let me rephrase that.
How much are you willing to lie about, to your partner and yourself, in order to make the relationship work?
Human relationships are complex. And, it becomes even more so complex when two people share their lives together. There are compromises, steadfast stands, the “say-what-you-want I-will-do-what-I-want”, etc.
Different ideas, different lifestyles, different backgrounds, yet, they must spend their lives together.
I am rambling. Let me get back to the point – the lies told to the partner.
Ever seen a relationship that is 101% honest?
Ask yourself if you are lying, the next time you say you LOVE a cockroach infested pizza because your better half loves it?
The Lobster is an experiment. It is a society that forces individuals to marry, for if they don’t, they are turned into animals. And so – they are forced to lie to each other to make their relationship work. Lobster bids the question – how many lies must be told in a relationship between two people to be compatible?
All you have to do is find that one common ground for you and your potential partner to find compatibility, to find that click. It could be a lifestyle, your passion, or even a medical condition.
Two people who are inherently different, who are poles apart, cannot be compatible. If you don’t have the same likes, the same dislikes, hey, then are you sure you want to be dating that person?
When people don’t have common ground, it leads to boatloads of conflict. So, partner compatibility is necessary. If your partner has nose bleeds or has an ice-cold heart – Will you break your nose to cause nosebleeds or turn your heart to ice too? How far will you go to achieve compatibility? Will you change, become another person and become a Ship of Theseus?
The Lobster is an experiment. All it takes for another individual to find compatibility is to find that ONE thing they have in common with another. On this earth, in this galaxy, in this universe, it seems impossible for two people to be the same. Yet, relationships expect similarities for compatibility? The Lobster truly questions if this is even possible, if it makes sense, – and yet, the society two humans must be compatible!
There are a few other elements I want to discuss.
Cinematography and Music
Did I pause the movie? Why isn’t the frame not moving? Damn it, the frame is stuck. This frame is so beautiful.
The shots and frames in the Lobster are beautiful, motif and communicate so much. There are times when the frame just seems to freeze and everything is communicated across in so much detail.
The music is jarring and beautiful. It’s a deep-emotional well that you can dip into, to pick the emotions the movie is creating.
Together, they make a combination that I can’t even try to describe. Together, they communicate not information, not data, not plot points – they communicate emotion.
The Lobster has a special dedication to loners. People who break from the crowd. The grass is never greener on the other side.
For me, the acting of Rachel Weisz and Oliva Coleman really stood out. They played their roles perfectly.
Colin Farrell played the lead character and his acting reminded me of Joaquin Phoenix in Her. No doubt Colin Farrell gave a strong performance, but he is not an excellent actor. While he sufficiently matches up to the role he had to play, he failed to truly excel at it.
To sum it all up, the Lobster is a dystopian future, where you get married or you become someone’s cute pet or dinner.
If you you haven’t figured it out yet, this movie has impacted me on a deep level. That should be enough reason for you to watch it.
But if not, let me ramble on some more.
That should be enough to convince you – so go and watch the damn movie now!
“Question: Now have you thought of what animal you’d like to be if you end up alone?
Answer: Yes. A lobster.”
PS: You’ll love this movie if you love satire/dark humor.