Lanthimos' skill is in blending urban issues with a deftly dark sense of humor and presenting it as a theater of the absurd. His signature style is fully on display here and for the most part, works quite well. The issue is that in making his first English film, he ends up adding a tad too much exposition at times which feels like a missed opportunity in terms of letting us peel the layers of this strange world.
"It is more difficult to pretend that you do have feelings when you don't, than to pretend you don't have feelings when you do." Which is why The Favourite > The Lobster > Dogtooth > Killing of a Sacred Deer. Or, stated differently, Killing of a Sacred Deer < Dogtooth < The Lobster < The Favourite.
Loss of humanity in a dystopian movie. Presenting a dark mirror version of the world or by fragmenting it and ultimately distorting it to view humanity under a different lens. The lobster is absurd, it's a world where human relationships are taken to an extreme: It is ILLEGAL to be single. If you can't find a companion, you will be turned into an animal. Notes: I choose Jellyfish
Surrealist and uncompromising. Check. Great performances. Double check Highly original and memorable. Triple check. But, alas, the film failed to involve me emotionally or intellectually. The actors were apparently commanded to act in a robotic fashion and to have childlike traits like being easy to deceive. Also, I found the allegorical criticism of contemporary dating too obvious and contrived to actually work.