Who doesn't want to be a majestic eagle, or a graceful dolphin or a fiercely proud lion? We all do, and if I was going to choose a animal that I would most like to be, it would without a doubt be a cat. Some lovely looking, domestic, pampered puss that gets to sleep on a bed all day, eats exceptionally well and gets patted all the time. Much like my own cat, only not as old because she is ancient now. However, if I was keeping it real, I would most certainly not be a cat. Cats are lithe, fast, graceful and clever; so no, I could never pull off a convincing cat, Garfield perhaps, but not really any other sort of cat.
If I was keeping it real, I would have to say that I could probably manage a kookaburra, due to the loudness of my laugh and the fact that they are usually just seen hanging around not doing a great deal except cracking up and eating the odd meaty morsel, and they are early risers like me as well. Not really sure about being an air animal though, I am not a huge fan of heights and I am definitely a land lubber, so perhaps not a kookaburra after all.
So, in the hope of finding some clarity, I went online and took some tests on the topic, and here is what I found out.
Spiritanimal.info said I was a lion, a relentless fighter with courage and strength, often wild and difficult to control.
Brainfall.com said I was a whale (thanks brainfall.com!) because I have a strong inner voice and I am in touch with reality.
Playbuzz.com said I was a buffalo because I am strong, reliable and tenacious.
Whatismyspiritanimal.com said that I am a bee because I can co-exist in peace and create abundance.
Spirithood.com said that I am a wolf because I am social, loyal and highly intelligent.
So....after all that I really don't have any idea what my spirit animal actually is and I am not any closer to finding out because there was no overlapping animal there at all.
However, as I predicted, not a bird in sight so I am probably not a kookaburra! Perhaps I am just a combination of all of those things at different times, maybe as humans we cannot identify as one animal anyway because our lifestyles allow us to be so changeable. I know that on some days I certainly feel more like a whale than a lion that's for sure!
Release Date: 2015
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 119 mins
Set in a dystopian future where single people must find a partner within 45 days or be transformed into an animal, The Lobster delivers something poignant and unique that is so unashamedly lacking in sentimentality that it will probably leave some audiences quite shell shocked. Directed and semi-written by Yorgos Lanthimos, better known for his work on Dogtooth, The Lobster won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and has intrigued audiences with it's non-conventional approach to relationship material.
David (Colin Farrell) arrives at a mysterious hotel for a 45 day stay. In that time he must fall in love or be transformed into a lobster; the animal that he has chosen to become if he fails. When the prospect of potential love begins to look grim, Dave escapes the hotel and flees into the forest to join a renegade group of loners. It is in the woods that Dave encounters a short sighted woman (Rachel Weisz) that changes his life.
The tremendous cast do a fantastic job here of delivering something that is both humorous and yet also very deeply upsetting. Notable support is offered by Ben Whinshaw, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly and Olivia Coleman, but it is Farrell and Weisz that really bring this gem into the sunshine.
If you like originality and can handle things that stray far from centre, then you too will enjoy this strange and completely compelling tale.
FINAL SAY: It's no coincidence that the targets are shaped like single people and not couples.
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