Note: This column will have light spoilers.
Blade Runner, which I see as a hopeful movie at its end) that I normally do not like. I think it’s easier for filmmakers to despair over the future than to posit that it actually could be something worthwhile. The ground is well-tread already. Does that The Lobster have some interesting ideas about courtship, relationships, being a loner and societal paradigms and expectations? Of course it does. But it’s also a movie that revels in its despair (especially in its second half) and I think provokes audience in a smug way since the movie is rarely played straight and is instead rooted in absurdism and irony. The Lobster thinks it’s very clever and will gladly go out of its way to remind you of that. This would be fine if it had any interest in saying anything but “the world is shit.” Watching The Lobster, for me, was like being on a date with someone I couldn’t wait to get away from. It’s a movie that I think confuses it’s bleakness for profundity.
The Lobster is also pretty sexist in my humble opinion. Every woman in this movie is conniving, evil or bad in some way. Even the ones that aren’t supposed to be this way are inadvertently shitty, such as Rachel Weisz’s character who allows/condones Colin Farrell’s character to do something at the movie’s ending that no one with a heart would allow the other to do. The movie also takes the position that in order for a couple to be together they have to share a common interest which is fine except they show that men are willing to fake that interest in order to be coupled up with particular women. It’s all about the put-upon male, which is a trope I’m fucking sick of in movies, especially relationship ones. It’s like they’re saying “these women are crazy and can you believe all the lengths men have to go through to keep them happy?” I might be a party of one in this complaint, but I sure hope I’m not. It really aggravates me.
To those who have seen the movie, what do you think? For those who haven’t, are there any movies you’ve seen that are widely acclaimed but just rub you the wrong way?