Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rabbit Hole

What if there was another Earth where everything that has gone terribly wrong in your life has gone amazingly perfect. Not sure I would want to be that person, because the things that have gone wrong in my life have helped shape and define who I am today. Those sad memories are precious to me and I hold onto them and take them with me everyday. That is what makes us human and what makes all of us special.

Rabbit Hole isn't sci-fi, but rather an emotionally charged film about Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) who are a married couple that are dealing with the various stages of recently losing their 4 year old son. Everyone deals with grief in their own way, and this couldn't be more true than with Becca and Howie. They find comfort in friends and in a twist the teenager that was driving the car when their son died. Here is where the concept of a rabbit hole where another version of reality could exist and that is where the comfort for Becca is found.

Nicole Kidman brings the emotion to the movie, while Aaron Eckhart brings the energy in how they portray the grieving characters. One of the big surprises for me was the performance from Dianne Wiest as the mom to Becca and in her limited screen time she dominates with both emotion and power. The script takes a step back from the conventional story telling and doesn't feel like a play, or an episodic TV show (which is where John Cameron Mitchell as the director got his start). Honestly this was a script better served for the screen as compared to the stage.

The performance from Nicole Kidman earns my nomination for Best Actress, Dianne Wiest for Best Supporting Actress, and give the movie a nomination for Adapted Screenplay. I will give this one 5 Quacks.

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