Every Colin Farrell Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

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“The Lobster” marks Farrell’s first collaboration with Yorgos Lanthimos, and he joins him with fellow future Lanthimos collaborators Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, as well as John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw. This dark, dry and deeply eerie satire on societal pressure to couple won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won over more viewers than one might expect, given its bizarre premise.

Farrell plays David, a man whose wife has just left him, who seems to have been sentenced to some kind of punishment in some hotel. In this woodsy, handcrafted version of a dystopian future, singles must find mates within 45 days or they will be forever transformed into an animal of their choosing. The film takes its title from the fact that, if it fails, David wants to be a lobster. If he manages to make a match with one of the women present at the establishment (especially one who is chronically bleeding from the nose), he risks avoiding a crustacean future.

Admittedly, it sounds borderline twee, but it drew critics with its quaint and quirky charm, resulting in Farrell’s highest-reviewed film. But, as is so often the case in Farrell’s work, there is something shocking and subversive just waiting to burst through all the surface tension. “The Lobster” represents the most fully realized artistic vision of Farrell’s filmography, and he’s in nearly every frame, making the insane magical realism just as believable as David’s clumsiness and loneliness.

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