Simply A Masterpiece
A lot of perfectly good film show their cards early, establish a unique premise and let the audience explore a topic at a leisurely pace, without much in terms of surprise. this film is not one of those films.
Not sure how, but this is easily one of the best movies all summer. Multiple levels of funny, never takes itself seriously, super colorful, and creative.
Honestly I wish I could give this movie a 0 because that's what I truly think about it. Also sorry in advance if my review seems kind of disjointed. This is basically a rant.My dad made me watch this movie a few years ago and he really liked it but I absolutely hated it. I really didn't like the message of the movie. Basically the only reason the couple stay together is to put on a show. Pretend everything is alright even though they are on the brink of divorce. I know people grieve in different ways but I didn't like how the characters acted after their son died. The woman was very mean and angry (she even slaps a mother in a grocery store across the face because she wouldn't buy her son fruit snacks...). The man skipped out on support group meetings with a woman he became friends with and they decided to smoke weed in her car instead. And the couple together just weren't very nice people. They were very high strung and annoyed every time someone tried to comfort them. Sure, not everyone is good at comforting people but you could at least appreciate the effort. Also, I'm not sure 100% but the score sounded completely recycled from other films.
Ever pick up one of those expensive, heavy glossy lifestyle or fashion magazines in a doctor's waiting room? Something like Vogue or Vanity Fair? Is it six months to a year old? Have all the designer perfume strips inside been opened and are now dried out?That's as good as description of "Rabbit Hole" as I can muster. Sitting through this vapid character study of two people who have suffered the unimaginable tragedy of losing their child, the viewer ends up chafing under the oh-so-pretty veneer of the characters lives. Gorgeously restored home in a wealthy neighborhood? Check. Muted color schemes in fawn, light blue, and pale green? Check. Clothing from Land's End or Barney's NCY? Check. A lovely Town and Country lifestyle with lots of time for baking in your Martha Stewart kitchen? Check. If one didn't know better, one would suspect this was designed and directed by Tom Ford instead of the once-raucous John Cameron Mitchell who unleashed "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" on the world. While the story is slight, it still refuses to resonate in any realistic way as regards the grief the parents feel and the dissolution of their marriage. Frozen-faced Nicole Kidman glides through this tedious film acting, acting, acting. Her motivation must have been the assurance by those around her that another Oscar would come her way. It didn't happen since she's the dried up perfume sample. Once it must have been potent but now it's just a stale waft of something once more robust. Kidman just doesn't work at all here since it appears she's popping Xanax in that fabulous kitchen. Aaron Eckhart tries, but comes off as a cypher of a husband, all gooey love-you-honey and unable to act on his impulses that might help set him free.The "rabbit hole" is of course, a nod to Alice. By circumstance, she fell into another existence in which nothing makes sense, this is an extremely heavy handed metaphor for grief. It's underscored by the "villian", played by a wooden Miles Teller as the boy who ran over the kid. Kidman bonds with him and receives his hand drawn comic book called "Rabbit Hole". In it, parallel universes are explored. Each is the same with different results taking place for the inhabitants. Let's pile on the allegories while we wait for those cookies to bake.There is no climax here, other than Kidman evidently deciding to "live" again after reading the comic book. It would appear that the epiphany is reached after a feel-good reaching out to people with children and letting go with her husband at sunset while they mundanely discuss what will happen next. I expected them to jump into solo tubs, hold hands while the sun goes down, and hope Mr. Eckhart remembered to take his Cialis.A cure for insomnia, and a fail for Kidman's Oscar baiting. Maybe if she'd worn a rubber nose like she did in "The Hours", she might have had a shot. Avoid, unless you've run out of Sominex.
"Rabbit Hole" is the sentimental story of the fragile and halted marriage of Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howard (Aaron Eckhart) as they're overcoming their work life while facing a sexless relationship while coming to grips over the death of their son who was killed in a car accident. Becca eventually takes the initiative to confront the teenager, Jason (Miles Teller) who was behind the wheel that struck her young son. This is her way to come around and let it out of her system as a way to move on with her life.Based on the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Lindsay- Abaire he also took the responsibility to write the screenplay. It is a melancholy and depressing story of an unhappily married couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) trying to break out of their grieving phases after the tragic death of their son. Under the careful direction of John Cameron Mitchell, it shows how many individuals find distractions whenever they feel the grief bug manifesting with itself. But the main reason this film is quite special is because it refrains from over-doing the tearing moments while procuring strong provocative scenes centring around the best and the worst of human emotions while not overplaying it. There are numerous ways that we as members of human race practise in order to escape the doldrums of our lives. Some of us seek therapy workshops as a way to vent out what's ailing us and to have another person whom we can open up to when no one else gives a damn about our problems. Others do more outwardly stuff that might seem more spontaneous like taking up drinking, smoking and sexual tendencies as a way to chase your troubles away. And then there are those who take up hobbies such as collecting stuff or doing spring cleaning like putting things away as a reminder of the person we love so we try to leave it in the past. There are many ways to conquer grief, and "Rabbit Hole" examines each method by keeping it subtle while staying true to the narrative which is why this film deserves better recognition. Though it's a very heavy story to handle, but the narrative stays easy on the sentimentality and instead we're intrigued by how our two leading protagonists try to overcome their tragedy and grief and move forward to a new beginning and that there's always a way out if you could find it somewhere. There were unintentional humorous scenes where Howard is hosts to family who wants to buy the house they're trying to sell and even though it looked awkward, it was still very effective as we are more convinced that Howie is more grief-struck than Becca. Not to be usurped by Eckhart, Kidman churns up an Oscar nomination as the housewife who sacrificed her dream career almost to the point of becoming semi-reclusive by not mingling with too many people surrounding her especially those who slipped into bringing up her son's death. The emotions from Kidman are absolutely sublime and the sub-plots outside the centre story involving her disdain towards her sister's pre-marital pregnancy to her confronting the driver (Miles Teller) who killed her son, in which her healing starts to step forward can be painful to watch, but is a sigh of relief when she's able to levy forgiveness towards the young man. One of the best traits towards the narrative of the story is that it maintains a solid effort without going over what's happening like as if we're not aware of what's happening. We never really get to right away know what happened to Becca and Howie's son, but that's what makes David Lindsay Abaire's play so poignant and John Cameron Mitchell's direction so liberating so that we the audience can decide on what conclusion is what's best for you. We also highly anticipate as to how Howard and Becca are doing marriage wise in spite of all they went through and what little secrets they've kept from each other during these very trivializing moments they have faced and what lies ahead of them as the film progresses.The issues discussed here is quite provocative in it is a plethora of many of the issues that we have encountered whether it brings happiness or eternal gloom and to look for that sign of optimism that was lost because the situations we face at times are not always pleasant. If we can find that problem and turn it into a solution we can fix, it might help us revive that smile we once lost. Sure this movie is gloomy and depressing, but there is a feel- good element that comes to life over our protagonists. The message is that it's okay to cry when things look sad and grim, but no person wants to stay sad forever and that's very inspiring that Howie and Becca have managed to understand that. The message is simple here, but very important too.
This movie definitely hits you right in the feels, man.But even after a bit to reflect, I can't for the life of me decide if I liked it or not.I'm not a big Aaron Eckhart fan. He was decent in this movie, though his character wasn't very engaging to me (again, biased!). Nicole Kidman is simply wonderful, and really breathes life into her character.That story is, of course, very very sad and moving. It is really powerfully written and directed in that it - mostly - gets you to feel what they intended you to feel.But after watching, I feel a bit apathetic about the movie. It was really well done, I can understand others really loving it, but I would never watch it again.