Mister Tee wrote
I also acquired a copy of The Lobster, which is a mostly nifty, inventive parallel-universe story where unmarrieds either find a mate quickly or are (SORT OF SPOILER, THOUGH IT'S EXPLAINED PRETTY EARLY IN THE FILM). There's a lot of deadpan humor in the premise, and a number of inventive details. Colin Farrell makes for a solid (if muted) protagonist, and Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whisaw and Olivia Colman are all memorable. A good film; by default one of the best of the year so far.
This is easily my favorite film this year thus far even though I have a few problems with it. The first half plays like Jim Jarmusch directing a Charlie Kaufman script in the new future world of Her. It's wonderfully written with set-ups and payoffs I couldn't see coming and it goes into incredibly dark territory. Writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos wants to treat the second half of the movie with more or less the same seriousness and he just finds fewer ideas to explore in the relationship between Farrell and Weisz. It could've been half as long and I wouldn't have missed much. But I admire the film's dedication. This is fantastic work for Colin Farrell who is just excellent as playing a touch out of key in an already disconnected world, and Rachel Weisz proves once again to me that her strength is in off-beat comedies like this and The Brothers Bloom. She bores me most elsewhere.