"Nicole Kidman reminded me of Bette Davis. How is that for a compliment?"
Make no mistakes. "The Others" is Nicole Kidman's show from start to finish and she is amazing. She dispays such a range of emotions (with a simple dart of the eyes or look of resolve) that I was instantly reminded of the best actresses of our time. I'm not just saying this because she gave me wood (the same way she did slinking around in her panties in Dead Calm). Ms. Kidman is indeed the genuine article and I hope this gleaming review will influence her to contact me and to eventually bear my children.But, I digress...
The Others is a good ol' fashion haunted house story set shortly after the end of World War II, but it is clear from the beginning that Grace (Kidman) is not your typical heroine.
Grace initially appears to be obsessive-compulsive, hyper-religious and not much more. A combination of ambiance, a hint of fear in her eyes and the strange behavior of her children suggest otherwise...
Just about the time you start trying to figure out exactly what is going on behind Grace's eyes, and actions, it becomes clear that nothing is clear in this gem.
It would be easy to dismiss Grace as a anal-retentive bitch, if it wasn't for the small matter of creepy paranormal things about.
Her militaristic/ultra-religious leanings, oddly enough, start to make sense.
Grace hasn't heard from her husband since the war and she is left with the task of raising her two children on her own. Not only that but she has to do it in a house that would give Gacy the chills.
To top it off, her daughter has made contact with the "other side" and is becoming quite difficult to control...
...and something is odd about the new caretakers.Figuring it out and then being blind-sided and trying to figure it out again is half the fun. A classic ghost story, in the age of Scream, could easily be overlooked. BUT, DO NOT MISS THIS ONE. Do yourself a favor and settle into one of those notoriously comfortable movie theater chairs and enjoy.
(Nicole, CALL ME)