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After watching ‘The Lobster’, my friend Jack then urged me to watch ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’. I saw the trailer for it and it seemed pretty interesting but not a film that I needed to watch urgently. After it was added onto Amazon Prime (and Jack had seen it), I had no choice to watch it. And to say the least, it was weird but pretty damn awesome too.
From Yorgos Lanthimos, director of ‘The Lobster’ is ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’. Dr Stephen Murphy is a cardiovascular surgeon who lives an almost-perfect with his wife, Anna, and his two children, Kim and Bob. He secretly meets with Martin, the son of a man who died while Stephen was operating on him. When Stephen introduces Martin to his family, Kim and Martin will form a close relationship. When Bob suddenly falls ill, Martin reveals to Stephen that he must kill one of his family members to stop Bob’s suffering. The last stage before death is bleeding from the eyes. Eventually, Kim falls ill too and she will inevitably die like Bob will, and Stephen kidnaps Martin trying to end this curse on his family. Stephen can’t bring himself to kill Martin, but it is then that Bob’s condition worsens and he begins to bleed from his eyes. Stephen decides that he must kill one of his family members. He tapes Anna, Kim and Bob’s mouths, hands and feet together, before putting a pillowcase over each of their heads. He places them in different places in a room, before loading a gun and blindfolding himself. He spins around, fires once, and misses. He reloads again, spins around again and misses. He reloads again. He spins around again. He fires for one last time. I will not say anymore because it’s a spoiler. Go watch it on Amazon Prime, amazing film.
One thing that was absolutely amazing in this film was the camera work. It didn’t rely on constant cuts or anything, but it used interesting camera angles and the one-shot take, like in Ryan Coogler’s films. Whether it be turning a light on in a basement or walking down a corridor, the camera work was beautiful. Something that did annoy me though was the dialogue throughout the film. It sounded The Room’s dialogue which was basically having any conversation for the sake of it. The dialogue also weird as hell. From Kim telling Martin that she just got her first period, to Stephen telling his son that he jerked off his father (I tried to make this sound posh and less vulgar but honestly could not). It was just weird. Colin Farrell played Dr Stephen Murphy and I must hand it to him. He’s a fantastic actor and the way he executed this role was spot on. I honestly wouldn’t have changed anything in the way that Farrell played Dr Stephen Murphy. His wife, Anna Murphy, was played by Nicole Kidman, and she was good. I honestly would have liked to have seen more of her character, as she seemed quite interesting. Barry Keoghan played Martin, and I didn’t like his character. Don’t get me wrong, Keoghan’s acting was some of the best in this film, but Martin was just an unlikable character. I don’t really have much to say about Kim and Bob, but I will say that the acting by Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic was fantastic. For young actors, they really pulled it off well, so well done to them.
The music was actually one of the best things in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. It was so awesome. Suspenseful and eerie and perfectly timed with the movie, the music in this film was amazing.
The storyline was weird but actually quite smart too. Turns out that The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a story from Greek mythology, but the way that Lanthimos twisted the story and shaped it into this film was awesome. There are moments during the film when you think to yourself ‘what the hell am I watching’ or ‘did he really just say that’, but it is worth it for the ending is a true shock. I didn’t really have a favourite moment, but the ending was incredible. It will leave you in shock, and it kind of makes up for the absurdness in this film.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ gets a 7.7/10 from me. I liked it more than The Lobster, but it did still have its weird elements. The ending really brought it back though, and it’s not as awesome as the ending from Se7en, but it’s in the same tier.
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Once again, thanks for reading this weeks review. As I’m on my final Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition next week, next week’s review may be out a little late. But don’t worry. Next week’s film is camping related, it’s a drama/action set in New Zealand. As mentioned, it may be released a little late, but it’s a good one! See you then!