Another darkened Scotiabank theatre, where I see the Nicole Kidman-Aaron Eckhart drama, “Rabbit Hole.”
I’ve heard many people praise this film this week.
They were right.
“Rabbit Hole” is gut-wrenching, absorbing. It’s Kidman’s best film in a decade.
Kidman, 43, is raw. She’s messed up. She’s exploding with subtle, brewing anger after her young son is killed in a tragic accident.
It was inspiring.
So, three actresses. Three very different films. And this trio gets me thinkingâ€¦
Forty years ago actresses like Deneuve, Julie Christie, Sophia Loren and others weren’t just beautiful superhuman mannequins toting big-gun ammo on screen. They were mysterious. They were daring chameleons.
And yes, these women could act.
There are actresses who fit that bill today — Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet…
But then you’ve got a whole generation of new, aspiring “serious” actresses who seem to be spinning their wheels: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Hudgens, and yes, even Miley Cyrus.
The bridge between the Deneuves and Kidmans of this world is littered with some pretty awesome eye candy all right. But Hollywood wasn’t built on looks alone.
Some young starlets will transition from today’s action babes and romcom darlings to “serious” actresses.
Many will not.
What will happen to them when they finally have to ‘grow up’ — and they can no longer pull off the lycra bodysuit?