The Lobster: A Movie Review

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mv5bndq1nde5nzq1nf5bml5banbnxkftztgwnza5otm2nte-_v1_uy1200_cr10806301200_al_Newly divorced, David is arrested and transferred to the Hotel where he has 45 days to find a matching mate. If he fails, he will be turned into an animal of his choice for the chance to find love in the Woods. As David’s days begin to wind down, he turns to desperate measures to secure a partner.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster is a deadpan, black comedy where the actors speak in monotone and reveal no emotion. But in the case of this film, that is not a bad thing. I found the premise of The Lobster to be interesting and thought provoking. This movie takes an every day situation—a break up or the loss of a significant other—and makes the solution to the problem so absurd that you can’t help but laugh at the situation. And the fact that the characters go along with the situation makes it even more absurd.

The comedy in it is dry, so may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I remember when I originally saw a preview for this movie, I thought it was another Wes Anderson film, and found the style to be somewhat similar (although darker than the Wes Anderson films I have previously seen).

My only flag for viewers is to say that there is human and animal abuse in the film which people may find distasteful. Not a lot, but some. And I think it ties in with the absurdity of the movie and allows viewers to find the beauty hidden beneath the darkness of the film.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Movie Review

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fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-poster-1While working on his book on the fantastic beasts of the wizarding world, Newt Scamander finds himself in New York with his leather suitcase filled with magical creatures. When an accidental switch of suitcases leads Newt and a muggle named Jacob Kowalski on a search for some escaped critters, they soon discover that there is more dangerous magic occurring in New York than just a few beasts on the loose.

Screenplay written by J.K. Rowling and tied to the encyclopedia of the same name, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was just as magical as the Harry Potter franchise. The story was told at a good pace that kept me entertained—I laughed out loud several times—and wanting more without wondering how much longer until it was over. However, I did feel there were one or two subplots too many in this film, such as the introduction of Newt’s previous love interest, but those were kept short and I’m sure will be expanded on in an upcoming film installment. While there were a few parts where I could tell the beasts were CGI, mostly when the actors were touching or interacting with the creatures, I still thought they were well done and kept true to the strangeness of the magical world.

I like that most of Newt’s history is still to be learned because it leaves room for his character to develop more as the series continues. Eddie Redmayne did an excellent job at portraying Newt Scamander, staying curious throughout the film while also seeming genuinely concerned about the beasts he was carrying, and I also enjoyed Ezra Miller’s performance as Credence Barebone. He’s an actor I like to keep my eye out for because I always enjoy his performances, and even though I had learned a few weeks back that he was in this movie I actually had forgotten and didn’t even recognize him until half way through.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter franchise—whether book or movie—I highly recommend seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It has a little bit of everything: action, adventure, romance, and, of course, magic, and is guaranteed to keep both kids and adults entertained.