Starring the stunningly beautiful barbie Nicole Kidman, this film is one the earliest ones in the acclaimed actressâ€™s career to feature her in a lead role. She makes the character Suzanne Stone come to life on screen, and within screen â€“ 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.
Kidmanâ€™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 canâ€™t resist a grin when Suzanne Stone tries to make her weather report sizzle with style.
We could say that the theme of this â€œKidman-centricâ€ film has only gained in significance with time. In an age of TV â€“ whether cable, or satellite, or just a local broadcast â€“ fame and importance has so instinctively become associated with the â€œidiot boxâ€ that it determines our personal values â€“ even our marriages, and food as well. It has become what an expert may term â€œnarcissistic supplyâ€ â€“ 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 criticâ€™s mind.