Monday, June 13, 2016
If you are contemplating the movie The Lobster, you may have read the great reviews I read. Be forewarned. It is not funny. It is violent. And the violence is perpetrated on humans and animals.
The opening shot of the movie is a woman shooting a donkey in a field. It goes downhill from there. When a woman describes to her lover that she has kicked his dog to death, it took a force of will to remain in my seat. This is a comedy?
I can't say I liked nothing about the movie, but the bright spots were eclipsed by an unrelenting flatness of affect of every character, the lack of empathy or kinship among any of the characters, and scenes of violence/reference to violent acts that I can't get out of my head.
I think some people will be able to get through and and perhaps get some enjoyment out of it. The director clearly had something specific in mind he wanted to say. For my animal loving friends, I can only say...