Friday, June 10, 2016

The Lobster

Last night I saw The Lobster, a movie that felt really original and bizarrely funny. It takes the absurdities of our dating/ mating culture and deconstructs them into a dystopian world full of cruelty, and does so in such a way that we are able to laugh at them, while also being appalled by them. 

This is the kind of film that is rarely made today. It reminded me of indie cinema of the '90s, where directors were willing to experiment with odd storytelling and anti-conventions. It also harkened back to films from the '70s, particularly A Clockwork Orange comes to mind in the brand of unsettling humor. 

It's not exactly a profound movie, and doesn't try to be. It just tries to look at culture in an abstract way and succeeds in making it very entertaining. It's the kind of film that once seen, one will not forget it. Twenty or forty years from now, I will still remember what this movie was about and probably smile and chuckle to myself. That alone is worth the price of admission.

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