Dystopias I: The Lobster 🦞
What I watched this weekend: 'Honey Boy' starring Shia LeBeouf // In movie news: Netflix is being dumb
|Karl Delossantos||Oct 28, 2019|
👋 Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend.
Today we’re kicking off a new theme and since it feels like we’re living in one lately, let’s talk about dystopian movies 🌎.
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Okay, here’s day 1️⃣.
Today’s movie: The Lobster
STREAMING ON NETFLIX
What it’s about: In the near future, being single is outlawed. Single people are required to surrender themselves to a hotel — think of it as a purgatory — where they must find a partner in forty-five days or they’ll be turned into an animal and released into the wild.
Why you should watch it: If you haven’t seen any Yorgos Lanthimos movies, The Lobster is a great place to start. The worlds he creates are bleak and filled with nihilistic characters that carry his trademarked dry, black humor. So, to apply it to a world where the meaning of life is simply to not be single leads to a stunning story of absurdity that will have you laughing while also throwing you into an existential crisis — fun for the whole family (do not let your children watch this).
Details: 🎬 Yorgos Lanthimos // ⏳ 119 minutes // 🗓 2015 // 📺 Trailer
Fun fact: Colin Farrell gained forty pounds for the role. Christian Bale who?
What I watched this weekend: Honey Boy
IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 8TH
What it’s about: Based on his own experience as a child actor and time in rehab a decade later, Shia LeBeouf — he also wrote the screenplay — plays his own abusive father to a fictionalized version of himself called Otis (Noah Jupe as a child and Lucas Hedges as an adult).
The movie is mostly plotless and feels like LeBeouf’s screenplay is processing what happened to him as a kid like growing up in a seedy motel, working on a TV show, and dealing with his alcoholic father who’s also suffering from PTSD.
LeBeouf is terrific. He’s tasked with playing a complex character. One that isn’t vilified, but isn’t redeemed either. He deserves to be nominated for an Oscar.
It ends up being a little greater than the sum of its parts. There are a lot of thoughts brought up that don’t exactly form a coherent thesis, but emotionally it absolutely hits hard.
Alma Har'el knows how to make a scene that shouldn’t be cinematic look and feel grand. In one scene, the younger Otis mimes a game of baseball with a resident of the motel they’re living in played by Queen FKA Twigs that ends up being one of my favorite movie scenes of the year.
Should you watch it? ✅ Yes! You can read my full review here.
Details: 🎬 Alma Har'el // ⏳ 93 minutes // 🗓 2019 // 📺 Trailer
Fun fact: The first scene of the movie (and of the trailer) is a refererence to LeBeouf’s time in the Transformers franchise. It even pokes fun at the fact that he frequently yelled “no” in the movies.
In movie news: Netflix is being dumb
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