Hollywood often doesn’t seem to know what to do with Nicole Kidman and that’s shame. When paired with the right material, she’s one of the most interesting actresses out there and she only gets more fearless with each passing year. And since it takes that special kind of fearlessness to appear in a Yorgos Lanthimos film, it makes perfect sense that she has joined the cast of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Delightful, twisted sense.
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Colin Farrell is at his best when he’s not trying to do the movie star thing. For every Total Recall, there’s a Seven Psychopaths. For every Dead Man Down, there’s an In Bruges. His career becomes even brighter when you start to appreciate how he refuses to phone in performances in movies where it would have been easy to sleepwalk, like Fright Night and Winter’s Tale, which is the kind of legendarily bad movie that every actor deserves to have on their resume just so they can say they were there.
One of Farrell’s more adventurous performances in recent years is in The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ English-language debut set in a world where single people are transformed into animals if they don’t find a partner. It turns out that Farrell is a perfect vessel for Lanthimos’ pitch black and surreal sense of humor, so it’s only a good thing that the two of them are teaming up for another movie.
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