Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Strangers on a Train

Hello, my darling readers!
This post marks the end of my Alfred Hitchcock review series. The 21st and final film for me to write about is Strangers on a Train. Let’s take a closer look!

The Plot:

Guy Haines has a strange encounter on a train. The amateur tennis player thinks nothing of it, but for Bruno Antony, the man he talked to, things are set in motion. Bruno – unbeknownst to Guy – believes they came to an agreement. Bruno kills Haines’ wife in exchange for Haines killing Bruno’s father…

The Rating:

You might know about this film even if you hadn’t been aware of its existence. Strangers on a Train has been quoted many times throughout the years. Simpsons fans might recall a particular Treehouse of Horror episode…

So what makes this film so interesting that it keeps popping up again and again?
First of all, the plot. The story is spun intricately and new horrors unfold with every scene. You can’t possibly know the outcome with all the twist and turns you encounter along the way.
You’ll think twice the next time you make a joke about getting rid of somebody!

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Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: To Catch a Thief

Hey guys!
The end is drawing near. Only two more Hitchcock films for me to review. The penultimate production I want to write about today is To Catch a Thief. It’s a romantic thriller starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Let’s take a look!

The Plot:

John Robie becomes the focus of a police investigation when an unknown burglar replicates his style of stealing jewelry. Robie had retired years ago, but now he must pick up his old role to find the person who stepped in his shoes – and save his own hide…

The Rating:

What can I say about this one?
As usual, Grace Kelly is wonderful and charming. Not to forget radiant when she wears that golden gown towards the end of the film.
I’m sorry, but I’m beginning to tire of Cary Grant. Just like the women in all of Hitchcock’s movies are rather similar, the men are as well. So honestly, I am glad to be done with this review series as especially the male actors all seem to blend into one by now.

I didn’t care too much about the love story between Grant’s and Kelly’s characters. The chemistry just didn’t feel right and the didn’t really jump. The ultimate outcome was a bit to happy-ever-after for me. Especially when considering Hitchcock’s usual style.

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Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Spellbound

Hello, my darling readers!
Only three more Hitchcock movies I will review. Today I chose 1945 psycho-thriller Spellbound, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. So let’s dive into the unknown!

The Plot:

Dr. Constance Peterson is a renowned psychoanalyst.
However, she finds herself dealing with a case that is far more complex than he bargained for. Mysteries to discover, lives to save…

The Rating:

There are two reasons I was excited to finally watch this film.
First of all, I wanted to see Ingrid Bergman. She’s an impressive actress but I haven’t seen too many of her movies yet. In this particular production, she certainly excels with her performance.

Moreover, this film features a dream-scene which was designed by Salvador Dali. His paintings are fascinating, so my expectations here were high.

To be perfectly honest, those reasons remained really the only two points in favor of this film. The psycho-thriller thing is interesting and the story somewhat well crafted, but many scenes just don’t stand well against all the time that passed.

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Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Rebecca

Hey guys!
Today I have a very special Hitchcock movie for you. This particular film is based on the book of the same name written by Daphne du Maurier. That’s the very novel I was named after!
There you have your trivia bit of the day – let’s talk about the movie!

The Plot:

Maxim de Winter is about to find happiness once more. His first wife Rebecca had died in a terrible boating accident, but when meets a charming young lady in Monte Carlo, Maxim knows that she’ll be the new Mrs. de Winter.
However, the happiness is only short lived when a ghost from the past comes knocking…

The Rating:

I’ll make it short. This one is among my favorite Hitchcock movies.
The horror is slowly creeping up on you and many of the things that make this film so intense, feel very real.

For example, the new Mrs. de Winter has a hard time settling into her life. Not only because she finds herself in a position she’s not prepared for, but also because the presence of Rebecca seems to be hovering over her in every room. That’s a very relatable situation!
So relatable in fact, that you’ll start feeling uncomfortable yourself.

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Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Saboteur

Hello, my darling readers!
Only five more Alfred Hitchcock movies remain for me to review this month. So today, I chose the 1942 spy thriller Saboteur!

The Plot:

Barry Kane is an ordinary factory worker until one day his life was to change forever. When a fire breaks out and a friend of his dies, Barry gets accused of starting the fire. While he tries to uncover the truth, he finds out more than he came for…

The Rating:

Well, this one was confusing.
The film kicked off interesting enough, so I was intrigued to find out more. However, you could soon tell how old the movie is. Some scenes looked so extremely staged, they seemed almost ridiculous. Especially the final scene felt like a huge let down due to the rather limited technical elements available at that time.

While the story was rather fascinating at first, it became very confusing about halfway into the film. After watching many of Hitch’s movie, I can say I am not a fan of his spy thrillers and Saboteur is no exception. I can understand that at the time of production this was a hot topic, but so many years later, it’s lost some flavor.

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Movie Mania Hitchcock Special: Dial M for Murder

Hey guys! As we are slowly getting closer to the end of my Hitchcock review series, I want to talk about another one of his films starring Grace Kelly. So let’s talk about the crime mystery Dial M for Murder!

The Plot:

Margot is in trouble. Unbeknownst to her, Tony, dearly loving husband, decided to kill her. So how do you get rid of your wife without seeming suspicious?

The Rating:

As usual, Grace Kelly is wonderful in this picture. She gives her everything in this role and can certainly tell. Generally speaking, Grace Kelly’s and Ray Milland’s performances are what carry this movie.

The story is perfectly crafted and comes with lots of twists and turns.
At first, it may seem like your regular crime flick, but you can soon see how elaborate Dial M for Murder is.
Well, I’ll admit the end was a bit irritating and could have been cleverer but no film is perfect. To be honest, the way the film ended was somewhat anticlimactic and ruined the movie a bit for me.

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