Mysterious hotels, tranquilizer guns and a muted backdrop all help to distinguish The Lobster from others in the ‘rom-com’ genre; it certainly earns points for trying to be different. A strong cast headed by a good performance from Colin Farrell in the lead role adds to the appeal. Beyond that, however, the film is largely without charm. Because it lacks depth and backstory, the premise on which the film is built – that only ‘matched’ couples can enjoy a ‘normal’ life and that ‘loners’ are banished to the woods as animals – is just silly. Sometimes being different just isn’t that great.