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The Killing of a Sacred Deer Review

18 Oct

Clearly designed to elicit reactions, and pretty successful at doing so. Lanthimos has his grasp on every tiny facet of the production, each scene a delicate balance between heightened aesthetics and blank-faced absurdity. His actors–all outstanding– deliver their lines devoid of any normal conventions of human conversation, resulting in a plethora of inappropriately comedic moments and killer lines (Alicia Silverstone owns the best one). The film occasionally gets lost in its own world, lingering too long on certain uninteresting beats and sometimes becoming a victim of its own distance. However, it’s perhaps this intentional distance–noticeable even in the camera placement–from Lanthimos that makes his story so intriguing. It works because he goes into it understanding the very concept of absurdity and the way ambiguity facilitates a seeming lack of purpose. He has no intention of explaining anything in depth because his characters haven’t even figured it out; he takes his Greek tragedy, spins a few metaphors and philosophical questions into the mix, and lets this twisted foray into human behavior to spiral toward its bone-chilling conclusion.

B+

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3 Responses to “The Killing of a Sacred Deer Review”

  1. Keith Noakes October 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    Wasn’t a fan of The Lobster but I loved this one.

    • polarbears16 October 30, 2017 at 4:31 am #

      I liked the first half of The Lobster, but the second half did lose its way a bit for me. Glad you loved this one.

  2. Keith October 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    I am soooo anxious to see this. Second good review I have read today.

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