Shadow of a Doubt

shadow of a doubt
dir. alfred hitchcock

For some reason,Β Shadow of a Doubt is hailed by many (including Hitchcock himself) to be the finest of the director’s films. There isn’t a bone in my body that would agree with that.

First, it lacks any hint of subtlety. Everything is spoon fed; it all seems lazy, and that isn’t Hitchcock at all. The characters are weak, the dialogue is shit, the cinematography is lackluster. It’s just…God it’s just so disappointing. I’ve gotta be missing something.

“It seems to go crazy every now and then, like your Uncle Charlie.”

Taking place in Santa Rosa, California, the film follows the Newton family when they get a welcomed surprise visit from Uncle Charlie. On the surface, Charlie is the same man his family grew up with, but his visit is marked with a darker secret that is poised to come out.

It’s lazy, guys, I don’t know. I’m mad.


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