The Lobster

I went out to Dollar Tree to buy a few items, and then I returned home for lunch.  I watched the Partridge Family episode “Guess Who’s Coming to Drive” and the NUMB3RS episode “Where Credit’s Due.”  I walked over to the theatre that was showing “The Lobster.”  It was a curious movie with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.  Farrell is a man named David, who is staying at a hotel where he is required to fall in love with someone within 45 days, or else he’ll be turned into an animal.  He is there with his brother, who has already been turned into a dog.  Christy Lemire thought it was the best movie released so far this year.  When I think of this year’s releases, I can’t think of many that have made any kind of an impression upon me.  “The Lobster” had its funny moments, although it wasn’t a hilarious movie.  It is a movie that is supposed to be funny, and some people in the audience will invariably laugh too loudly at it because they are sheep.  Colin Farrell looked like he gained a lot of weight for his role, evident by his big belly.  It’s almost as if this role was his Raging Bull.  I liked Rachel Weisz when she was in “The Brothers Bloom,” but otherwise I haven’t seen much of her in the movies.  The first part of the movie deals with the hotel and the strange rituals of the place.  I thought with all the rules that it was like a mixture of 1984 and “Full Metal Jacket.”  No one dares to say what is really on their minds, if they even have anything on their minds.  Most of the character had this vague, uncertain, and tentative way of speaking that suggested that they didn’t have full command of the English language.  Everything else in this place was strange, with the weird behavior and bizarre rules.  John C. Reilly was in this hotel, and I thought he had dropped in from another movie.  He was so funny in “Walk Hard.”  In the second part of the movie, David runs away from the hotel and hides out with the band of loners.  Somewhat predictably, David finds that he has traded one set of oppressive rules with another.  A bit less predictably, he also finds someone in this group of outcast that he loves, and that of course is the Rachel Weisz character, known as the shortsighted woman.  In the vocabulary of this movie shortsightedness is something that your optometrist can do something about, although I think of it as a character flaw.  In this country, we call shortsightedness nearsightedness, or myopia.  This section of the movie has bits of “Badlands” and “The Lord of the Flies” in it.  I noticed that some members of the cast have a James Bond connection.  For a comedy, this movie has some uncomfortable moments of pain and death and sadness.  One woman to my left inappropriately laughed at several moments.  The ending is something that it hard to watch, and something that will cause many people to turn their eyes away from the screen.  It was reminiscent of “L’age d’or” or “The Man Who Fell to Earth” or “Cries and Whispers.”  “The Lobster” isn’t the type of movie you’d want to see if you except comedies to be normal.  If you liked “Juno” or “Little Miss Sunshine,” then this movie might be OK for you.  I stayed until the last of the credits rolled, and then I walked home.  When I arrived, I found that there were three minutes left in the first quarter of the game between the Warriors and Cavaliers.  Three-point shooting and fewer turnovers did the trick for the Warriors.  Now I will have to go to the A’s game on Monday while Game 5 is going on next door.  I hope that fans don’t get too crazy with their behavior, at least not until I have a chance to go home.  Some of the people who died on June 11 include John Wayne (1979), DeForest Kelley (1999), David Brinkley (2003), Ornette Coleman (2015), and Ron Moody (2015).  Today is a birthday for Joe Montana (60) and Gene Wilder (83).

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