Rabbit Hole Movie Review

Rabbit Hole Movie Review


The sudden death of the four year old son of a young married couple provides the terrible subject for this upcoming movie. Yet, this new movie release is deep, emotion-filled, and yet surprisingly funny. The adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winning and Tony winning play of the same name is amazing and performances by Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest and Aaron Eckhard are all Oscar worthy.

Premiering in Toronto, this new movie is jewel-like in quality. It’s been picked up by Lionsgate and will be released in December, putting it in the running for this year’s Oscars. You won’t forget this movie or the brilliant acting. If you enjoy great movie pictures and can only see one this year – see this one.

Abaire is responsible for the adaption of his play into a film and manages to open the movie without losing that which made it such a great play. Wisely, he doesn’t begin the story with the death of the son of Becca and Howie Corbett, but begins eight months after the child was hit by a car. At this point the two are grieving and their marriage is suffering. When they go to grief counseling, the audience will get a good laugh out of the other participants in the counseling’s clichés concerning their own tragedies. Becca is also dealing with problems with her mother, played by Dianne Wiest, and her sister, played by Tammy Blanchard. Wanting to answer some questions, she secretly contacts the boy who hit her son, played by Miles Teller. Some of the best scenes in the movie take place between the two. Then Howie begins a relationship with another woman, played by Sandra Oh, adding another layer to the story.

John Cameron Mitchell is the director of “Rabbit Hole”, which will undoubtedly be one of this year’s top 10 movies. He tells the story simply and anyone who has experienced similar loss will relate. The acting here not only delivers superb performances, but possibly the best performances these actors have ever delivered.

Nicole Kidman will certainly receive recognition for the best acting of her career. This role is a huge comeback for her. She may very possibly be the recipient of an Oscar for her work. She’s the producer of this film as well as a star. Eckhart is not playing his usual role here – he plays a nice man who just can’t take it anymore. Wiest is her usual - wise, appealing and delivers some superb acting. Teller is also excellent in his role.


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