The Lobster is a Brilliant Satire of Social Pressures
Last night, I had the absolute pleasure of watching “The Lobster”, the latest film from A24 which is also quickly becoming one of my favorite studios. Having viewed earlier releases from A24 such as the Witch, I definitely expected a very unique vision from this movie and was intrigued by the opportunity to view a funny love story. I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of love stories and romantic comedies since they always seem to follow the same formula. However, this movie truly blew me away. It wasn’t just a film about love, but about the social pressures regarding those who are alone and those looking to enter relationships.
This film stars Colin Farrell as David, a recently seperated single man who is brought to a hotel where he must find a partner in 45 days or else he will be turned into an animal of his choosing and will be released into the forest. This film also stars Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Ben Winshaw in supporting roles. It’s a unique take on the social pressures that cause us to enter relationships and also how view ourselves whether we are alone or in relationships.
It seems like no matter how old I get, I’m always hearing others talk about relationships whether on social media or my parents consistently asking me if I plan on seeing someone new and it seems like it becomes a stigma to be alone. Nowadays, we know that sometimes being alone isn’t such a bad thing in fact entrepreneurs like Steve Wozniak even say that if one wants to be successful then one should get used to working alone. However, social pressures often make us feel worse if we are not with someone by making it seem like we need to be in a relationship. The Lobster satirizes this hilariously and is utterly horrifying in the way it portrays this social pressure. The loners or the ones that choose not to participate in the program are tranquilized for sport and turned into animals, the fate that will happen to those in the program that don’t find a partner. Propaganda against being single or alone is also displayed to those in the program by displaying over the top scenarios of what happens to members of the opposite sex when they are alone versus when they are in a relationship.
The Lobster goes even further as to satirize why people enter these relationships under pressure and dissects the consequences of these actions. This is where it enters unexpectedly dark territory but depicts it hilariously. My jaw dropped during some of these scenes and it takes something seriously stunning in order to bring that kind of reaction out of me. This film was so over the top that it was completely realistic and believable. Many of the depicted horrifying situations would happen if couples entered into relationships for the wrong reasons though at a slightly less extreme level. These scenes alone make this film worth a watch just to question how we judge those in relationships as well as those who are single.
If you’re seeking a film that is truly groundbreaking and intimate in its depiction of social pressures of those who are single and the consequences of entering relationships for the wrong reasons then this film is a must see. I’m always impressed by A24 movies and this one adds another unique vision and modern day moral story about relationships today. This is hands down one of the best films of the year and is easily the best original story to come out this year.