Rabbit Hole Reviews
Kidman plays Becca while aaron Eckhart plays howie. Together they play a couple who is trying to pick the pieces after their 4 year old sons death. becca wants to sell and get rid of anything that reminds them of their son danny. This pisses off Howie to no end as he wants another child with becca and doesn't want to erase the memory of his son. This puts the two at odds for a good portion of the iflm. At the same time Becca frequently meets the teenage boy responsible for his death and howie meets a woman he sees a group therapy. both of them look towards these people as ones who will in someway help them find their way to peace after this terrible tragedy.
Pretty good film. Nicole kidman's becca is interesting because she is trying to hide away and disregard the fact her son is dead. No matter how much she keeps doing this and it makes matters worse in her life. excellent performance from kidman. aaron Eckhart was really great here too. He had an amazingly well acted argument scene with kidman they both went toe to toe there it was sooo good. He also did a good job of playing the husband that wants to keep some kind of memory of their son despite how hard it is to overcome the greif. Miles teller has not changed one bit he looks the same here as he does now and same with Sandra oh. the relationship between Jason and becca in the film is interesting because it's the one person she isn't lashing out at in her life in regards to what happened and he's the biggest person of all to lash out at. its really ironic
there was many motifs involving drawings and certain symbols. interesting lighting usage its like right in the middle of low key and high key lighting. Overall this was a well written story with a Decent ending.
Indeed, "Rabbit Hole" is not the sort of feel-good movie most desire to submit themselves to when passing the time with a movie, but it is surprisingly hopeful, as if we're acting as voyeur to the end of a nervous breakdown that can ultimately be recovered from. An adaptation of the critically acclaimed play of the same name (the film also written by its creator), "Rabbit Hole" is an affecting study of heartache, with Kidman and Eckhart acting as the psychologically tumultuous centers.
As the film opens, the Corbetts are dealing with their agony in ways that can only be described as temporary coping strategies. Howie regularly rewatches old home videos, refusing to accept reality, while Becca, who quit her job following the tragedy, sits at the house numbly with her thoughts brewing, eventually figuring it might be best to start giving away her son's old clothes and toys as a way to acknowledge the present. They attend group therapy on a daily basis, but Becca cannot do much besides roll her eyes at the other attendees, who seem to wallow in their melancholy rather than overcome it; Howie begins a platonic friendship with Gabby (Sandra Oh), a fellow participant who seems to be the only person he can really talk to as himself. Family, especially Becca's mother (a terrific Dianne Wiest), halt recovery, as they are similarly afflicted by the years-ago drug overdose of a sibling.
Neither is nearing toward a breakthrough, though - while the Corbetts will inevitably learn to grapple with their misery as something that will never leave them, they are at their rawest, their most susceptible to spiraling down a path of eternal torment. So we become hopeful when Becca does the unthinkable: get to know the teenager (Miles Teller) who accidentally killed her son that fateful day, learning that a single, awful event should never define someone for the rest of their lives. And so begins the healing process, with Howie, more slowly, submitting himself to acceptance too.
"Rabbit Hole" has already become an indie gem seen as more of a showcasing of the magnificent star power of Nicole Kidman (nominated for an Oscar here) than a full-fledged classic, being only 92 minutes and dealing with a topic that most don't want to relive. But it is a brave and moving film, wonderfully acted and from the heart. Its visceral anguish is enough to send a shiver down our spines, so unfiltered and true that we can almost feel the pain the Corbetts go through so tirelessly.
"Rabbit Hole" hurts as much as it wants us to cheer - despite the gloom that ripples through its slender body, it is more about conquering hardship than it is about staying ensnared in a vicious cycle. And it feels good.