Revitalizing the Hitchcock

By: Caroline Goulet

If you had a slight vintage movie obsession as a kid like I did, you would have at least watched one Alfred Hitchcock Movie in your lifetime. Maybe you were not watching them on your own time, but you had to watch it in a movie class you took as a high school senior.

“The Birds”? “Marnie”? “South by Southwest”? “Vertigo”? Nothing? Well let me tell you, Hitchcock is the kind of suspense. Even though not all his movies are up to snuff with the horror movies of today, they are definitely worth a watch.

The only reason I talk about Hitchcock is that he was the one to originally direct a film adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier which follows “a young woman who impetuously married a widower, only to discover that he and his household are haunted by the memory of his late first wife, the title character,” according to Google.

The whole plotline centers around suspense. Which you would assume would be an integral part but, in the new rendition, it was not kept.

The new rendition, titled the same “Rebecca,” was directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Armie Hammer and Lily James. What could be the problem?

Nothing, I thought. The trailer looked suspenseful, and although I could figure out what the plot was, I was still intrigued.

Without knowing that Hitchcock had previously directed a version of this story, I went into it knowing that it was a suspense movie. Without giving it away, I felt that the twists and turns of the movie could have been implemented better. Even though the twists were a surprise, they did not land as much as they should have given the plotline.

The movie was overall done well (especially the acting of Lily James and Armie Hammer), but it did not live up to my expectations. All I can compare it to is a piece of cardboard, where it has a lot of potential, but it was not done justice.

I would still recommend watching and making your own judgments. This embodies the idea of revitalization because the new director tried to put his own spin on a suspense movie from the ‘60s but came up a little short. I would rate it a 7/10 because overall it was good, I just didn’t think it lived to my expectations - maybe that’s something to think about.

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