After months of waiting the trailer for Destroyer (co-starring our hipster husband, Sebastian Stan alongside the brilliant Nicole Kidman) was finally released into the wild Wednesday morning via the film’s Twitter account!
Karyn Kusama’s dark cop thriller, featuring a radically transformed Kidman, tells the story of LAPD detective, Erin Bell. After a gang leader from her past re-emerges, Bell falls down a rabbit hole of her not-so-great memories, and the film follows two storylines – the present, with a wearied and older Bell, and the past, with a version of herself that was more idealistic.
“I grew up on these kind of films. I watched [Al] Pacino play these roles, I watched all of the men in the ‘70s get the chance to do it, but I don’t have a female [equivalent]. That’s exciting as an actress to get the chance to do that,” Kidman told EW of the film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. “This character is also so far removed from me, so that’s part of the appeal as an actor: going to places I haven’t been given the chance to go. I’m all about finding characters and stories that [make me] go, ‘This is new, but it’s still emotionally relevant.’”
Flashback scenes seem to prominently feature Sebastian Stan, as Chris, who despite looking like he might slam your head into a brick wall in some dark alley, is extremely warm and wears jean vests made of boyfriend material in the brief scenes we see of the two of them.
“Do you love me?” he asks.
To which Bell replies, “You know I do.”
Same, Nicole. Same.
Look, I’m the first to admit that I will watch just about any movie for my faves (why the heck do you think I willingly watched The Covenant), but amidst the bad movies there’s good movies too! And I submit that Destroyer will be one of the great films of Sebastian’s career.
Since its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s been getting a lot of buzz. Critics and fans have been quick to say that Kidman’s performance is Oscar worthy, and Sebastian’s role is incredibly moving and devastating. The movie also stars Tatiana Maslany and Bradley Whitford, who are undoubtedly guaranteed to bring excellent performances to the table as well.
The film, slated for release on December 25, is the kind of Christmas present that I can get behind!