For Feb. 4th: Charade

Despite feeling under the weather in more ways than one, I’m trying to make sure that I maintain my schedule.  I ask you to remember that I am but a humble college student in my junior year with a very busy extra-curricular life.

The most commonly repeated line about “Charade” is that “it is the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made”, this is very, very true.  In fact, in beginning to watch it, if you hadn’t told me who was in charge of production and directing, my immediate guess would have been Hitchcock.  The great characters, the well-written dialogue, the perfect plot twists, and everything else absolutely oozes with Hitchcock-esque flair.

Story/Writing: 2/2

Like I, as well as many others, have said, a great thriller that feels like it was made by someone else.  The dialogues between characters are the highlights, especially between Grant and Hepburn.

Acting: 2/2

All the characters seem bigger than life and very colorful.  Grant and Hepburn are great as the focus, with the events and characters swirling around their changing relationship.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Good angles and interesting blocking make any reused set pieces stay practical and fun.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Okay at best.  The gun-play is alright, but the rear-projection techniques used are a little mediocre.

Misc: 2/2

Very well put together, and any complaints are quickly forgotten.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

Great for any lovers of thriller movies, new or old.

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About svolkmer

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