Co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone and Barry Keoghan. At the heart of the story is a charismatic surgeon who’s forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister…
I remember enjoying The Lobster (2015), – the last Yorgos Lanthimos movie I watched. Therefore, I’m thinking and hoping that this is unlikely to disappoint. There’s also the wonderfully full beard that Colin Farrell is sporting. I at least need to look at that a little more.
Starring Colin Farrell, and Rachel Weisz, The Lobster is a sci-fi/ comedy/ romance set in a world that looks like earth but there are very different rules that govern how to live. One rule being, you have to live in a couple. If single you’re sent to a hotel where you’ll have 45 days to find a partner. Should you fail to do so, you get turned into an animal of your choosing.
‘Delightfully nuts’ were the words that came to mind when I first saw the trailer for The Lobster. After experiencing The Lobster I’d say that my words were accurate.
There is one thing I didn’t expect and that is just how dark the film actually gets. I found myself very happily amused from the start to around half way through. Then the darkness sets in and I basically didn’t laugh again until very close to the end.
The film’s trailer led me to expect more humour than, dare I say, horror. So I found myself somewhat disappointed with the end result. Not to say that The Lobster isn’t good because it’s true what many critics have said, the writing and the concept is original. The film is generally well executed and the movie is funny. I simply just had more fun during the funny moments and much less fun during the dark phase.
The people who love horror and comedy, maybe in equal measure are the one who will have the best time. My favourite thing about writer/ director Yorgos Lanthimos’ movieis that you can hardly accurately guess where the plot will take you next and that, as I’m sure you know is very rare indeed.
Also starring John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Coleman, Ben Whishaw and Ashley Jensen, watch The Lobster for the humour and the element of difference. Just don’t expect to laugh throughout. If I’m really honest, there actually isn’t that much stopping me from properly labelling The Lobster as a ‘comedy/ horror’ film. However, I am generally quite the wuss, so…