Few actresses have matched Nicole Kidman’s hot streak in the early 2000s. Not that she set the box office on fire, more our imaginations. People watch this accidental movie star fully embody a variety of characters with not only ease, but technical perfection. She is a consummate professional when it comes to characterization and the emotional control she displays over her characters. This perfection draws the audience to her even when she shares the screen with others more famous. Although now she is a household name, that is only because she snatched it away from those who couldn’t hold onto audiences quite like her.
Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell
Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay & play)
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, and Sandra Oh
To know what you’re going through when you begin Rabbit Hole, know that the comedy is often found at grief counseling. Yes, this is black comedy, or it pretends to be for a little while.
Adapted for the screen by David Lindsay-Abaire, the same man who wrote the play, Rabbit Hole offers little new in the now commonplace “dead kid” genre. It weaves in and out through its 85 minutes on a journey to nowhere. This is the point. Grief puts life on hold for Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart.) It doesn’t stop them from aging or any other miraculous time warp commonly associated with the term “rabbit hole.” It simply keeps them miserable.