The Lobster

22 Oct 2015 |

Aside: The Lobster

In an alternate version of our world, singledom is outlawed. Single people are transported to a hotel and must find their soulmate in 45 days or be transformed into a wild animal of their choice.

This is the premise behind The Lobster, a film starring Colin Farrell, just released in the UK. Farrell's unnamed character chooses to be transformed into a lobster should he fail to find a partner, because lobsters live for over 100 years and are sexually active the entire time (also, he likes the sea).

I saw The Lobster last Saturday with every intention of writing about it for [adjective][species]. That I'm writing this aside, rather than a full article, should tell you that something went wrong.

I enjoyed The Lobster, however the animal transformation aspects are so minor as to be irrelevant. The film is really about the social pressures on the single, and the selfish, self-destructive ways we approach relationships with other people. It's a truly absurd film, but also sad and funny and pessimistic.

The only animal character of note is the (post-transformation) brother of Farrell's character. He is a border collie, and he dies in an unpleasant fashion about halfway through the film. There is also a horse who gets shot to death in the opening seconds, the victim of an apparently calculated jealous act. And that's pretty much it, although various exotic animals pop up in the background as a recurring sight gag.

It'd be a stretch, even for me, to write 1000-plus words on a film that's largely irrelevant to the [adjective][species] mission. This is really just a PSA for those thinking of seeing The Lobster: it's bonkers, but not furry.