A few years ago, I saw a movie called Dogtooth that changed my perception of movies. It was weird in ways I didn’t really understand movies could be, while also being immensely well-made, entertaining, and engaging. The director of that film, Yorgos Lanthimos, has returned once again with a new movie that I love even more than Dogtooth: The Lobster.
Set in a dystopian near future, the film follows single people as they’re forced to fall in love in 45 days or be turned into an animal of their choice. There’s plenty to unpack in this movie in regards to love and relationships and sex and societal pressures, but through it all there’s just an underlying sense of weird wonder that bubbles to the surface.
While Dogtooth featured mostly (or completely?) unknown actors, The Lobster is filled with faces you know and (probably) love from elsewhere: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and more. Even though they’re grabbed from the Hollywood movie factory, they’re all perfectly on point here and able to fulfill the weirdness their roles require.
There isn’t a definitive release date for The Lobster. Rumor has it that it may launch in the spring, but even that remains unclear. No matter when it comes out, one thing is clear: this movie is singularly weird in a way that only Lanthimos can be, and one of the most unique portrayals of love since Her. Whenever you can see it, do it: it’s worth your time.