A24 keeps up its winning streak (2, now, and counting) with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, sort of a (more) psychological thriller version of Cape Fear. Kubrick-esque smooth panning and gliding shots combine with an off-kilter sense of impending weight à la vintage P.T. Anderson, e.g. Punch-Drunk Love.
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman’s second collaboration this year is an extraordinary film, masterfully done. The only flaw is an over-reliance on the Theory of the Rope. Without this flaw, we’d be talking best picture of the year. It’s still up there, on par with Get Out. David Sims, The Atlantic:
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is humane and satirical, horrifying and hilarious, at once a work of realism and fantasy
…the new film’s grim scenario of a family under dire threat will make it hard for some to watch. But the impressive rigor of its craft, the skillfully subdued intensity of the acting and the startling originality of the story will make the film unmissable for anyone who cares about bold filmmaking.
A note on Nicole Kidman vs. her friend Naomi Watts. They are both highly accomplished actors — but Kidman sure takes a broad swath of very interesting, compelling, and daring roles. Of late, Watts not so much.