Monday, December 27, 2010

Quick Review: Rabbit Hole (2010)

John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole is a bald-faced, gut-wrenchingly honest marital drama, not just about the grieving process, but about faith, cruel fate and our place in what is an unpredictable, highly enigmatic existence. 
Nicole Kidman's by turns touchy, boiling and solemn powerhouse effort is the anchor, but Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest and the debuting Miles Teller all bring genuine human emotion to a film that can at times feel too carefully arranged - emphasizing scenes of importance rather than scenes of observance.
Overall, it's just a touch too pat and assertive, but the truth here isn't necessarily in the actions but in the feelings, for Rabbit Hole captures the confused, combative and unshakeable affliction of grief like no other in that it offers no easy answers. [B+]

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