Monday, June 13, 2016

The Lobster (movie): Thumbs down

I'll start off by saying that I love dark humor and I can only think of one or two that were "too dark" -- and usually they were more violent than dark. I'm not a huge fan of violence, especially when it seems to be the point of the movie.

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...

Don't go.


  1. Thanks for the warning. I was planning to see it this weekend but I don't think I could handle that.

  2. Thanks for the heads up on The Lobster. It's very likely I would have gone to see it; it's on Time magazine's "Best of 2016 So Far" list and the previews look interesting, if strange. Now that you've given us additional details, I watched one of the previews again. The hints of violence are definitely there but easy to overlook. I am truly grateful to you--I am sure I would have been upset by this movie in a way I would rather avoid altogether!


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