Tuesday, December 21, 2010
THE MOVIE THAT DESERVES A BEST PICTURE NOMINATION
Sometimes I think a great movie is the one that gives us the feeling that we haven't seen something like that before. Other times, the best movie of the year is the one with all the hype. There is even other times that I think the best movie is the latest achievement by a great director. My opinion changes during the year. It has to be like that. I see a movie and I base my opinion in that particular movie and the ones I have seen earlier. And then I see something else. Something that I believe is better. That's why INCEPTION, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, SHUTTER ISLAND and WALL STREET 2 were all the best picture of the year n different occasions. At least, so far. SHUTTER ISLAND was the best picture until INCEPTION become the best picture, until WALL STREET 2 become best picture, until THE SOCIAL NETWORK become best picture, and then SHUTTER ISLAND was the best again, until...
I still need to see some of the best reviewed movies of the year, like THE KING'S SPEECH, BLACK SWAN or THE FIGHTER. And I can really change my opinion about the best picture of the year. Nevertheless, here it goes: I found RABBIT HOLE a great surprise. I admit I completely underestimated this movie. It has good reviews (not great, like THE SOCIAL NETWORK), not all the fireworks (like INCEPTION), not all the buzz (like THE KING'S SPEECH). But the reason I loved the movie it's for all the reasons I can't explain why. It's a simple story - actually the most terrible story someone can tell - about a couple that loses his son. And what we have there is the best performance of the year (again so far - still missing Natalie Portman or Colin Firth), by Nicole Kidman. She is back and, despite the little botox (she was and is beautiful, she didn't need anything), Kidman plays a woman who can't be "reasonable", in her own words, facing her grief. Her character is the center of the movie.
RABBIT HOLE is a movie that reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place. We love to see CITIZEN KANE or APOCALYPSE NOW. We believe that these movies are among the best of the best. But sometimes we prefer HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY or KRAMER VS. KRAMER. See where I'm getting at? We also need that simple, real movie that we can connect with. And sometimes that movie can be the best of the year. Even without all the buzz. Even with you feeling that you're the only one saying (or writting) that RABBIT HOLE may, in fact, be the best picture of the year.