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Friday, April 27, 2012

To Die For (1995)

Category: Reviews

To Die For 1995Starring the stunningly beautiful barbie Nicole Kidman, this film is one the earliest ones in the acclaimed actress’s career to feature her in a lead role. She makes the character Suzanne Stone come to life on screen, and within screen – a newly married, screen-obsessed knockout who comes up with a plot to get her husband Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon) popped off, and clear the line to live up to her dream of becoming a screen celebrity.

Kidman’s performance is stellar (very deservingly winning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress). Dillon and others have all played their roles well, adding to the credibility of this documentary style drama sprinkled with a humorous line her and there. You particularly can’t resist a grin when Suzanne Stone tries to make her weather report sizzle with style.

We could say that the theme of this “Kidman-centric” film has only gained in significance with time. In an age of TV – whether cable, or satellite, or just a local broadcast – fame and importance has so instinctively become associated with the “idiot box” that it determines our personal values – even our marriages, and food as well. It has become what an expert may term “narcissistic supply” – a potentially dangerous, pervasive addiction to holding the center stage.

To Die For is a film for all who love a little humor icing over the top of a serious matter; and will make ideal grist for the critic’s mind.