|
Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Movies » Reviews » Rear Window » User review

Rear Window

Classics, Drama, and Mystery & Suspense movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock

< read all 6 reviews

Disappointing, in my humble opinion

  • Oct 24, 2000
  • by
Rating:
-1
Pros: Great concept and good script; Grace Kelly; excellent character development

Cons: leaves you hanging at the end; the dog bites the dust (which upset me more than anything else in the film.)

Many people rant and rave about Rear Window, declaring it Hitchcok's masterpiece. Yes, the film defines Hitchcock's style better than any film I've seen thus far in my Hitchcock class. HOWEVER, I was not as impressed with Rear Window as I was with some of the other films I have seen, especially Strangers on a Train.

Rear Window is about a photographer, L.B. Jeffers (Jimmy Stewart), who has been laid up with a broken leg for 6 weeks. He's bored as all heck, so he takes to looking out his rear window, observing his neighbors. When he notices something fishy going on with his neighbors, namely Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), he drags his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) into his voyeuristic tendencies. All get wrapped up in the lives of their neighbors, and try to convince Detective Doyle (Wendell Corey) that Mr. Thorwald killed his wife.

Don't forget about the other neighbors, though. You're pulled into the lives of all of the neighbors in the NY City apartment complex. Hitchcock is very sneaky, as he turns his audience into a character as well. It's aggravating because you want to know what's going on with the other characters, but the camera takes a different turn.

The ending is never wrapped up nor explained. You're left hanging, wondering exactly who the woman Thorwald left with was. The dog reminds me of the dog in the OJ case. (if you watch the movie, you'll understand why.) Nothing is ever really explained.

The fact that Lisa throws herself at Jeff and he ignores her absolutely infuriated me. I don't mean to sound like a feminist, but it was so disturbing seeing Jeff push Lisa away because she was "too perfect." She actually had to change for him in order to win his love! That was yet another theme Hitchcock liked to play with: the suffering female protagonist.

I haven't seen the newest version of Rear Window, starring Christopher Reeves and Darryl Hannah. My professor recommended watching it, though, so I think I'll give it a try in the near future.

Hitchcock plays with the dark side of human nature in this film. Do I recommend it? Sure. I seem to be one of the only people that was frustrated with it. If you look too deep, as Professor Crawford said, the movie won't work for you. I guess I looked too deep.



Recommended:
Yes

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
0
Thought-Provoking
0
Fun to Read
0
Well-Organized
0
Post a Comment
More Rear Window reviews
review by . August 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    **** out of ****    I don't recall ever coming across a house without windows. The window in itself is a powerful invention; often found in households around the world because people like a room with a view. For instance, from my bedroom window I can see not only my backyard, but also that of the people who live just one neighborhood up from ours. It's interesting, because these people could be working in their garden, and I could be watching; …
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2010
Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film "Rear Window", is one of the great est of Hitchcock movies. Jimmy Stewart does a great job in a genre that you don't see him in very often. Grace Kelly, what can I say, very easy on the eyes and a wonderful actress. I loved this suspense movie. By the way, I collect cameras and I love the fact that I own the same model camera as the one he used in the movie, a great German made camera, Exakta, with a Zeiss telephoto lens.
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2010
I always found it quite ironic that a man in a wheel chair would foil the plans of the man that would later go on to become famous for playing Ironside, a man in a wheel chair.
review by . December 18, 2008
rear Window
In my mind Jimmy Stewart's incredible performance in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 suspense classic "Rear Window" has to rank as the finest single performance in the history of film.  Stewart plays roving news photographer L.B. Jeffries who has the great misfortune of having to recouperate from a broken leg in the stifling summer heat in his tiny mid-town apartment.  He is confined to his wheelchair and passes the time gazing out his window and observing the comings and goings …
review by . October 20, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
The ultimate Hitchcock classic, REAR WINDOW gives us a glimpse into the mind of Alfred Hitchcock, and in turn Hitchcock turns the mirror on us and forces us to admit our darkest desire...to be voyeurs.That is exactly what Jeffries is. Jeffries (James Stewart) is a wheelchair-bound photographer who spends his time cooped up in his apartment, peeping in on the neighbours across the courtyard. He comes up with "names" for them; Miss Torso the ballerina; Miss Lonely-Hearts; The Newly-Weds and so on. …
About the reviewer
Candice Cain ()
Ranked #409
I own the Candy Cain Travel Co. in Brookhaven, NY. I am a certified Professional Bridal Consultant with the Association of Bridal Consultants and my agency is certified by IATA and CLIA. I specialize … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
Candice923
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this movie

Wiki

 

Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classicRear Windowis both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbors. Cheerful voyeurism, as well as the behavior glimpsed among the various tenants, affords a droll comic atmosphere that gradually darkens when he sees clues to what may be a murder.

Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is, in fact, a voyeur by trade, a professional photographer sidelined by an accident while on assignment. His immersion in the human drama (and comedy) visible from his window is a by-product of boredom, underlined by the disapproval of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and a wisecracking visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter). Yet when the invalid wife of Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) disappears, Jeff enlists the two women to help him to determine whether she's really left town, as Thorwald insists, or been murdered.

Hitchcock scholar Donald Spoto convincingly argues that the crime at the center of this mystery is the MacGuffin--a mere pretext--in a film that's more interested in the implications of Jeff's sentinel perspective. We actually learn more about the lives of the other neighbors (given generic names by Jeff, even as he's drawn into their lives) he, and we, watch ...

view wiki
First to Review
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists