Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fool Me Once

Fair Warning to Everyone - The Lobster Sucks.
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Now, I'm not one to say that lightly.  Here is the "summary" according to IMDB.  In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
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To me, that sounded great.
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Suckered in Colin (one of Ed's faves) and Be (Scooter's current fav)
Also, the New York Times liked it - NY Times said it was a bit "Wes Anderson meets Kafka." The headline read "The Lobster - A sad, strange, funny, brilliant allegory on love and loss."
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That is all true ... for the first half of the movie.  And then it becomes a "silly, contrived, obvious and purposefully annoying commentary on how easy it is to part a fool and his $15.00"  (New York movie prices are a lot).
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How did I get sucked in?  Well the cast is amazing.  Colin Farrell, John C. Rielly, Rachel Weisz and (swoon) Ben Whishaw. Okay, I got sucked in by Ben.  But I did have Ed read the info and we both thought it would be fun, if not great.  It was neither.
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We were not alone in our disdain.  I don't want to spoil it for others by saying more, except...
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When Ben finds his true love, leave.  Then it might be short, but reasonably interesting.

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