Rear Window (1954) – Review

A wheelchair-bound photographer named Jeff (James Stewart), finds himself housebound and out of bored, curiosity, begins spying on his neighbours from his own apartment window, before quickly becoming convinced that one of them has infact, murdered his own wife. Jeff enlists assistance from his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), and nursing assistant to investigate and hopefully uncover the truth. A timeless and captivating classic that despite the straightforward storyline, never leaves you bored.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich
Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly

If there’s one movie that I’ve noticed lately being re-watched and reviewed by just about every film fanatic, it’s Alfred Hitchcock’s, Rear Window. Rear Window is a movie I watched when I was younger but failed to appreciate just how impressive of a picture it truly was, until now.

On a whole, it’s fair to say that the flick shows absolutely no signs of ageing – even if it was to be released today, I firmly believe it would be equally as gripping and successful as it was in the 1950’s. One of the major reasons and appeal of the film was the fact that voyeurism plays a huge part and is something that as humans, manages to hold our attention – whether that be for the right reasons or wrong ones. Rear Window enables you to engage on the act of voyeurism in a guilt-free manner, from the comfort of your own sofa.

Another thing worth noting is the fact that each of the characters involved had their own unique attributes that made them appeal to the viewer. Each of the neighbours had their own separate yet intriguing lifestyles along with the primary characters on display also. The filmmakers even manage to give life to the apartment complex where the flick was set, in a beautiful and imaginative way. If there’s one movie set I’d like to visit, it would probably be this one.

As mentioned previously, James Stewart adopted the role of Jeff, the man housebound after breaking his leg, and did a fine job. Grace Kelly was equally as impressive as Lisa, the girlfriend of Jeff. Elsewhere, other appearances included Thelma Ritter and Wendell Corey who portrayed Stella and Detective Thomas Doyle, respectively.

Overall, this is a movie where so much could be covered and delved into in one single review, but it’s a film people should definitely go and watch for themselves to fully appreciate and understand the suspense and intrigue surrounding it. A timeless classic that will be adored for many years to come.

“Why would a man leave his apartment three times on a rainy night with a suitcase and come back three times?”

Jeff – Rear Window

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