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before_dawn’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The Lobster feels like a literary piece of art, with a Kafkian flair for the incisive and absurd. At its core, it's a critique of social coercion towards love. Perhaps the most unsettling message is that such coercion can be enforced in an equally unforgiving ways by mainstream culture, counter-cultural tendencies, "loving" couples, and oneself.
Also, the over-theatrical and segmented style of interpersonal relations can be an acquired taste. It's reminiscent of The Royal Tenembaums and other similar Wes Anderson films. Though frustrating at times, I came to appreciate it when I stopped fighting it and saw it as "photographs" meant to essentialize otherwise complex messages.
In sum, it's a beautiful, at times frustrating, deeply unsettling, slightly nauseating dose of cynicism that leaves little room for hope. Enjoy, and watch at your own risk. It's certainly an audacious statement by Yorgos Lanthimos, and I look forward to seeing his other work.