Rabbit Hole (2010) reviewed ★★★
What seems to be an honest portrayal of a family torn apart by death, is thoroughly executed on a personal and sentimental level by John Cameron Mitchell’s direction of both Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. These two play a struggling married couple who have trouble facing one another and getting their life back on track after the loss of their child. There is a plethora of interesting concepts that make Rabbit Hole an intriguing piece and keep it from falling through the thin ice it could have broken when facing such a delicate subject such as death and grief. Throughout the film one can’t help but get a bit annoyed at Kidman’s character Becca in her methodology in handling certain situations such as kids at the grocery store, everyday small talk, or even realizing that her husband needs a shoulder to lean on as well. The one factor that makes this film has to be Aaron Eckhart whose performance only solidifies the role of a husband trying to keep his calm for his wife, but soon shows his emotional side in different facets that Becca chooses to hide. Rabbit Hole is filled with subplots and tiny distractions, that even though I admit helps further progress the story’s intentions in terms of showing Becca’s and Howie’s (Aaron Eckhart) mourning stages, nevertheless comes off as a bit overwhelming. Now, the concept of a “rabbit hole” was also a very refreshening notion that kept this film alive. A rabbit hole is a sort of vortex in space which, if entered, transports one into an alternate universe. This thought of parallel universes only further appeals to Becca who ponders and even cherishes the idea of her son still being with her, somewhere, somehow.
Thank you for reading,
Omar Antonio Iturriaga