Very interesting concept and Weisz stands out with her theatrical performance. Rest of the (slim) cast doesn't fare that well and shaves off a few stars off the rating.
Right, Lobster was a great watch because of the crazy, Black-Mirror-ish ideas it introduced. It shined despite the stilted, unreal and distracting dialogues used by the lead characters.
Lanthimos is back again with an another intriguing story, where everyone talks and behaves in the same, stilted way they do in Lobster. Unfortunately, the premise here isn't as much of a moral puzzle it was in Lobster that made it appealing. It is a disturbing story, no doubt. But, that is all that can be said about it.
In this intense movie, all major characters are bathed in large swathes of grey. What stands out for this movie, though, is the utterly sympathetic manner in which each of them is treated. It also covers so many themes that it is astonishing that the director, McDonagh, is able to pull off something so touching, so moving and yet so complete, in one single movie. It is truly a labour of love, this movie and it deserves all the awards, accolades and attention it gets. And more.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Around one-thirds into the movie, what strikes you is how utterly lonely all the lead characters in this movie are. Each one is lost, seeking an elusive, enduring happiness elsewhere. True to its name, Loveless is a hard-hitting (like all of Andrey Zvyagintsev's movies) movie about grief brought about because of the absence of love. Towards the end, you hope for lessons learned and a better life for the leading characters, but just like the treadmill in the last shot, all of them appear to have returned to their love-less lives, albeit with different supporting characters.