The film The Lobster is a multinational production which was released in the US on May 13, 2016. It is described as a dark dystopian comedy which takes place in a world where being single is a crime. Singles are rounded up and put up in a hotel for 45 days. If they do not find a suitable mate within that time, they are transformed into animals.
The lead characters of the film are David (Colin Farrell) and a woman simply referred to as Nearsighted Woman (Rachel Weisz) who form an attachment and escape to the forest with the other singles. Their acting was passable considering the drabness of their characters. The choreography was good, directing was bad. The story line, I suppose, would make sense if you were on drugs. I guess there was a touch of surrealism to the scenery, which I normally would like, but it was obscured by the dullness of the sound track.
This film was 2 hours, 3 minutes of sheer boredom. I really wish that I could be more sympathetic to the director/screenwriter, but I can’t. Unless someone had insomnia, I would not recommend this movie to anyone or buy it. If you’re someone who is into Art House type films, you’ll probably enjoy this. I can only give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
Mute (February 2018) TV-MA, Alexander Skarsgard (Leo), Paul Rudd (Cactus Bill), with a cast like this you would think this would be a stellar movie, not only because it has science fiction sections it it, however this movie falls flat on its face. A German Amish mute takes on the gangsters in Germany but during his quest to find his love, we have to deal with child molesting doctor, mild gangsters and the final ten minutes. I have to say Violence, some blood, and one semi gore scene. I never experienced a two hour show where I wished I didn’t turn it on. Others have given this a good review, but sorry I cannot do that. 2 stars out of 5, and I am sure others will agree with me, this movie missed the mark.
Bitch was released on November 10, 2017 as a made-for-TV movie. It is a dark comedy about a woman whose life comes crumbling down due to her philandering husband and four demanding children. Due to all of the pressures of her family, she has a nervous breakdown and takes on the personality of a vicious dog. The rest of the film shows how this effects her husband and children.
This has a few physical humorous scenes, but for the most part it falls flat. Jason Ritter (son of late actor John Ritter) plays Bill Hart, a man who thinks that the women in his life are there for his own selfish needs. Marianna Palka (she also wrote and produced the film) plays Jill, a woman who is slowly sinking into mental oblivion. Since this is an usual story line, its difficult for me to say how believable the characters are. The child actors were good as well as the actress who played the sister-in-law. I wasn’t too crazy about the sound track which seemed to consists of experimental jazz.
I did watch this movie all the way through although at the point where the husband is left with the kids, I lost interest. The ending was, like the movie, up in the air. I don’t really plan to watch this again. Its like seeing something at a bakery that looks appetizing, but when you try it, you are sorely disappointed. Since there was some foul language, an irritating sound track and a disappointing story line, I can only give this 2 stars out of 5.
The dystopian multi-national produced film, What Happened to Monday? was released in the US on August 18, 2017. It revolves around the concept that Earth’s population is growing dangerously and a solution must be found. A scientist (Glenn Close) comes up with a universal one-child only proposition. Siblings are to be frozen until the Earth can support their numbers. At least that is what everyone thinks.
Noomi Rapace plays all seven sisters who are hidden and educated by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe). Ms. Rapace more than met the challenge of coming up with seven different characters who are pretending to be one woman. I cannot say that the acting was excellent, but the actors were believable. Willem Dafoe, an actor I like, spent maybe fifteen minutes total screen time. I felt that he could have had more screen time. The story line had action and suspense but other than that, it had gaps of logic. The story line was an expansion on China’s One Child Policy and a rather weak expansion at that.
Over all, I must say that I am disappointed in this movie. I don’t know whether it was the influence of the 6 or 7 production companies involved in the making of this film or the writing, but I would not buy this for my collection. If dystopian futures are your thing, then you may enjoy this film. As I stated earlier, the actors are great but the story line was a bit weak. I give this 2 1/2 stars out of 5.