Review - Rebecca (1940)
Delorted - wrote on 11/19/07
When a young woman (Joan Fontaine) was asked by “Maxim” de Winter (Laurence Olivier) for her hand in marriage, she had no idea what she would be getting in to. Soon she became tangled in the memories of the man’s deceased first wife in the Best Picture winning film, “Rebecca.”
For being Alfred Hitchcock’s directing debut in Hollywood, this is a phenomenal start that explains a lot about his career. There is so little wrong with this movie that I almost feel like finding things to criticize.
The story and the writing are absolutely superb with only one condition. There are several bits of dialogue that seem to go on for the longest time without an actual point. It doesn’t get in the way of the storytelling or anything, but I can be a tad annoying at times.
The only real complaint I have is that the music was generic, to say the least. The score seemed borrowed and over-used. It sounded almost too much like the norm for a Hitchcock film. But again, this doesn’t really do anything to the story, so I can get past it.
I highly recommend “Rebecca” to anyone who can find it, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up a copy of the original novel as soon as I possibly can.
Final Score: 9.2/10