Review – Rabbit Hole

I don’t have children, at some point in the future I would like to have children but at the moment there are no little people in my life (I don’t have any midget friends either). A film like ‘Rabbit Hole’ will affect people differently depending on whether you have kids or not because the grief of losing a child must be one of the most traumatic experiences any parent can go through. The common thread that holds us together is that we’ve lost someone we’ve loved at some point on our lives and grief is one of the toughest emotions to deal with. In ‘Rabbit Hole’ married couple Becca (Nicole Kidman) & Howie (Aaron Eckhart) deal with life after the death of their 5 year old son in an accident. ‘Rabbit Hole’ is an emotionally charged film that’s driven by powerful performances and a well written script.

‘Rabbit Hole’ is based on a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire who jumped on board the film to bash out the script and it’s a fine piece of work, the characters are well written and the dialogue flows freely in a natural way. Fleshing out the main characters brilliantly are Nicole Kidman & Aaron Eckhart, they make a great team and their scenes together in this film are electric. A big thumbs up must go to Dianne West who pops up as Becca’s (Nicole Kidman) mother who is trying her best to get her daughter through the experience. Dianne West is such an effortless actress and her presence in ‘Rabbit Hole’ softens to blow of this very sad film, her performance is like a big warm hug.

My only gripe with this film is that is goes around in circles a tiny bit in the second half. Each character has a moment when they break down big time, but it seems to happen over and over again which does not service the story well. The point is hammered so well the first time we don’t need to be continually reminded of the painful experience the characters are going through.

‘Rabbit Hole’ is a heartbreaking film that realistically puts you in the shoes of a couple dealing with the loss of a child. No parent should ever outlive their children and it’s a credit and inspiration to the filmmakers that they’ve managed to make the film with such heart and sincerity. When our loved ones pass away it’s hard to get over the hump that life goes on but ‘Rabbit Hole’ proves that with strength and love we can weather the storm.

3.5/5

The Popcorn Junkie

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