📽: The killing of a sacred deer 🌟: 9/10 🎬: Thriller, mystery 👁: Yes
🗣: For anyone who has seen anything of Yorgos Lanthimos’ work or has at least seen the trailer knows that this one is a tough pill to swallow.
It’s not an easy movie to get into, especially if you’re not much of a cinema enthusiast. The explanation and meaning are the key that you need to unlock the door that takes you inside the story it is trying to tell and to enjoy the movie.
There are signs everywhere and if you add to all this the fact that the director is greek you can easily get behind the idea: an ancient Greek play set in the modern day. Death revenged with death, the sacrifice of a child, the way the revenge is plotted, the dramatic soundtrack. This is the best part but also the only negative aspect of the movie: it takes away a bit the sense of surprise and wonder (hence the 9/10). The intertwining of life as we know it today and the old ways since the ancient Greece is tastefully done.
The actors are cast just right. Kiddman plays the devoted, suffocating devotion at times, mother and wife, Farrell as the alcoholic and sometimes lunatic father, husband and doctor. The children were good in playing their part too, especially Keoghan (Martin) is delivering his lines in such calmness and monotony that the his idea of revenge sounds like the most natural thing to do.
It’s the kind of movie that you can’t connect with any of the characters, disturbing at times and has a fairly strong content but all of these combined make it one that is worth the watch. The important thing is to not go looking for the How-s but rather to try and understand the myths underlying the story.
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