Without thinking so hard, you will know that TO DIE FOR is a satire when you were watching it for the first time. This movie is a satire of a woman who has an extreme ambition to achieve everything she wants. She's willing to do anything to reach it. At some point, I begin to think that she is a psychopath. Because how narcissistic she was. Thanks to electrifying performance from Nicole Kidman. She's just everything!
[4/5] - Kidman simply commands attention here in this highly sensual part mockumentary about a woman hellbent on creating the best professional image of herself that she can. Between Kidman's performance, the beautiful cinematography (framing, lighting, use of colour) and Elfman's score, there's much to enjoy here.
★★★½ / 35mm / A great hyped up mockumentary driven by Kidman whose exaggerated performance finds layers of intense desperation and rage. Van Sant smoothly handles the first half’s shift from a dizzying account of a desperate woman’s need to succeed with the much darker moods in the second. Strangely, the film diffuses the violence, limiting its dramatic impact.
It took my watching Big Little Lies to realize Nicole Kidman was truly a great actress, and this is one of her best roles. I would've preferred if it was full-on mockumentary style, but that would mean less Nicole Kidman, so it all worked out in the end (and what an ending it was).
A pitch-perfect dark comedy. Nicole Kidman is phenomenal, in fact, everyone is fantastic under Gus Van Sant's specific and brilliant direction. The biggest mistake you can make while watching this film is to take it too seriously. This may be Van Sant's most openly hilarious movie. The darker, the funnier. Matt Dillon deserves special mention as playing pitch-perfect-terrible. The whole film looks incredibly.