The shift into the wilderness didn’t drag for me upon rewatch. I still think this would be better without the change of scenery though. Not convinced the wilderness/city added any new or necessary aspects to the film - the hotel was already such an effective world builder.
I think The Lobster is at its best when the darkness is tasteful. Some of it stood on its own a littttlleee too much. The themes just don’t really require that. When used correctly, though, it brings out masterful humor and really cool filmmaking.
But damn this is seriously way better than I remembered. It’s hard not to notice how well made this is. The aspects of film that matter a lot to me (cinematography, camera work, script) are all killer.
Seeing The Favourite later and this got me so hyped.