For someone who once graced the covers of tabloids throughout the '90s, Nicole Kidman has done a lot to subvert the expectations of a glamorous movie star. She donned a prosthetic nose in her Oscar-winning turn in The Hours, she peed on Zac Efron in The Paperboy, and she's continued to work with interesting, inventive directors.
One of three films this fall, including the coming-of-age drama Boy Erased and the comic book epic Aquaman, Destroyer is by far her grittiest turn. Playing a haggard cop drawn back into the underworld she used to investigate, she's back under the heavy make-up needed to de-glamorize one of the most beautiful women in the world.
The film itself got mixed reviews at Toronto, but praise for Kidman was nearly universal. I'm getting a very Salton Sea vibe, which was another excellent L.A.-adjacent noir. If you're in the mood for a grim Christmas, the film opens December 25 in New York and L.A., and will expand in January.
Check out the new trailer below.