Freaks: You’re One of Us

‘Freaks: You’re One of Us’ is a new 2020 Netflix Original comedy/adventure superhero movie. It’s originally an international film that has been dubbed over to English. This film reminds me of a cross over between ‘Kick-Ass’, and ‘Freaks’. It’s about a poor meek waitress who lives in a world where people have superpowers. These people are referred to as Freaks, and the government provides little blue pills to suppress their powers for their own “good”. She realizes she’s one of these freaks and decides to quit taking the blue pills.

This is a great concept, the trailer makes it looks awesome, and the story is there. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as this movie goes. It has a few good parts here and there but overall it’s a hour and a half snooze fest. I paused this movie more than once just to see how much it was left, it’s not a painful watch, but pretty close. The dubbing is monotone and doesn’t match up to what’s going on. I always say Netflix originals are great but this one doesn’t fit the bill. I give this one a hard pass with a 3/10.

The Lobster (2015)

‘The Lobster’ is a very unique, odd ball movie that has been nominated and won several awards. It’s easy enough to find to watch since Netflix streams it. ‘The Lobster’ takes place in a society where if you don’t find your partner you’re turned into an animal of your choosing. You check into a hotel and have 45 days to find your love, if you don’t you’re turned into the animal. You can only match up with someone who has something in common with yourself, for instance if you get nose bleeds you have to find someone else who gets nose bleeds as well, if you have a limp you have to find someone who also has a limp. You cannot match up with someone you do not have something in common with, which makes it rather difficult. The other option is you can live as an outcast in the woods as a single person, there is a tribe of singles who live by their own code. No flirting, sex, or anything intimate with any of the other singles. If you break the rules, punishment will be enforced. The singles have to always keep a lookout and stay on the move, as the guests from the hotel hunt them with tranquilizers. If you do find your mate at the hotel you go through a trial together, if you last, you are allowed to join society/ the city where other couples live, singles are not allowed in society.

Interesting concept right? It has a pretty decent cast which includes Colin Farrell (Seven psychopaths, Fantastic Beasts), John C Reily (Step Brothers, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), and Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World). I love John C Reily, he’s one of my favorite actors. He always seems to pop up in almost every movie as a minor roll, and his major rolls he is always hilarious. I’m a fan of Jessica Barden because of ‘The End of the F***ing world’ she nails the roll of Alyssa.

So the question is, is ‘The Lobster’ good? A simple answer, no. I had high hopes for this film, I really liked the concept, but I feel as if the ball was dropped. The acting is very robotic through out the entire movie, with no emotion what so ever. Which I know it’s done on purpose, but it makes it very boring. The story seems to just drag on and on, and every two minutes a violin plays bum bum, bum bum. It tries to be too artsy for my liking. I give ‘The Lobster’ a 3/10.