My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is about a deranged guy who acts out a Sophocles play in his head and slaughters his mother with a sword. Sophocles was a writer of Greek tragedies, notably the “Oedipus” tale, where the son kills his father in order to marry his mother. With David Lynch producing and Werner Herzog directing, it’ll be much more than that, naturally, but that’s the gist. Now, ask yourself…..who’d be an ideal actor to play the son. Who exudes creepiness and instability just by simply staring at you, yet is one hell of an actor? I’m guessing that Michael Shannon isn’t your first suggestion, though he should be; just watch Bug or Revolutionary Road for definitive evidence. You can’t ever take your eyes off off him, even though you’re not sure whether you’re totally comfortable watching him do what he does.
The first trailer for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (which co-stars the equally-unsettling Willem Dafoe and undercover hottie Chloe Sevigny) debuted earlier today, and it’s not the slam-dunk I was expecting, sadly. It looks good and all, and I’ll absolutely see it at first chance, but it’s a bit cleaner-cut than I’d hope for in a Shannon/Lynch collabo. Leaves me feeling at ease, when I should be off-center and bewildered. This is merely a trailer, though, so the verdict’s hanging in mid-air for the time being. Give it a look and see if you’re similarly underwhelmed. Trailer after the jump: