A barely recognizable Nicole Kidman didn't impress me much with her performance, it didn't feel natural at all. The script also failed to be something important but it wasn't the worst; there were some good moments and the main idea behind this was decent. At the end there was a small twist, yeah nothing special. 6.25/10
Proves you can have an auteur behind the camera (Karyn Kusama riding the creative high of "The Invitation") and the greatest actress working today, and it will still be for naught if the script isn't worthy of their talent. The film comes to life when it leans into its pulp elements (Kidman stopping a bank heist with a submachine gun is reason enough to watch this), but mostly cycles through 'burnt-out cop' cliches.
Ce polar réalisé avec la truelle ne fait pas franchement dans la dentelle. La performance de Nicole Kidman peine un peu par son manque d'épaisseur, alors que le film, lui, s'étire en longueur, interminable. On a un peu l'impression d'une débauche d'effets, assez lourds, pour bien peu d'enjeu.
What's unexpected about Destroyer is that it aims for a grandiosity while delivering something sparse. I am unsure if this is an achievement of budget. Its LA is underpopulated, which might have been better integrated into its lead's purgatory (Kidman a ghoul on methadone) instead of trying to be twisty with plot revelations when we can't invest in the present without knowing her past. Set pieces are fire though 2.5
I know it's not productive to search for David Lynch on every movie that depicts Los Angeles and its mysteries. However, it is impossible to me to watch a LA noir and not be disapointted when things end up so linear, even considering the importance of different views and interpretations in cinema. I was hoping to see some Mullhollad Dr shit in Destroyer.
It's all about Nicole Kidman. She finds new depths, turning in a transformative, nuanced performance of a conflicted angry woman, even in the way her body moves. Yet the film fails to be entirely satisfying and I can't place why. Maybe it's the fact that the film should end at the climax, but instead dilly dallys for ages afterwards. It's a great piece for Kidman, but it deadens the pace. Nice, unexpected twist too.
Nicole Kidman is a knock out here as a dishevelled cop literally falling apart. The absolute best performance I've seen from her since The Hours. That screen presence coupled with the pummelling soundtrack, great script and unexpected twist made for a gripping experience that also became a touching story of parenthood. Recommended 4 stars
fucking thrilling. nicole is hard-boiled, dirty, and vindictive. she's also virtuous, guilty, and owed retribution. what a fascinating, truly Complicated Female Protagonist TM. Karyn shows a real LA, she shows real crooked policing, but she also shows the small, hot, mewling kernel of purity scraping against the tough exterior of messed up peopel who've lived mixed lives. wonderful.
1.5 So many female actors could have played this role so much better. Kidman doesn't do "tough & destroyed" well, despite the (terrible) wigs and makeup; she can't even look the mean boyfriend in the eye. The script is a disaster: cliched dialogue, unnecessarily lengthy action scenes, and the obligatory pregnancy test. The preoccupation with American Motherhood amounts to nothing. Should be edited to under 90 min.
Do you know what would be truly groundbreaking? Talking about Destroyer without referring to it as "an LA crime scene with a female detective". If women are not given these roles, we're left out. If we are, "oh no this was nothing new, same ol' detective role with a twist". Besides it actually being something new, is it really possible to be completely original in this genre anymore? Get a grip, people.
Bland and uneventful, Destroyer has the slow-burn of Kusama's understated Polanski-esque masterpiece, The Invitation, but lacks its lurch as well as dramatic and action-based immediacy. Its woven present/past timelines are in a battle for narrative relevance and ultimately are without smoothness in their coalescing and even in their twist-giving denouement. Destroyer is a few rewrites and edits from feeling finished.
Wow...Destroyer, a complex character study film about a woman who's still dealing with trauma, acknowledging her flaws as a human being and putting it all on the line, including herself, for her loved one. And the cherry on top of the cake, the one and only Nicole Kidman once again showing how it's done by delivering one hell of a tour de force.