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Review of The Birds (1963)

Initial Thought: I figured I should check out a supposedly reliable classic that I've never seen. I always enjoy a good Hitchcock film. I really should have seen this one already. I'm such a slacker. Better late than never though.

Characters/Acting: Some of the actors here are Hitchcock regulars. I'm really only familiar with a few like Tippi Hedren or Veronica Cartwright. There are some whom I don't recognize that I have seen movies of. I didn't know this was Tippi Hedren's first credited role and only second film she had been in. She is absolutely amazing and stunning here. I don't know why, but I just really adore her character here.

Story: A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town which slowly takes a turn when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there, in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. It does take awhile to get to what we came to see, but the build up here works. Okay Birdemic was released 47 years after this, yet this actually looks a bit more realistic. The whole scene in the diner where they are talking about the birds was kind of amusing in my opinion. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about that ending.

Directing/Writing: Ah a good old Alfred Hitchcock film. This guy is such a legend. There hasn't been a single film of his that I didn't like. This is actually based off of a story from Daphne Du Maurier. I had actually thought this was an original idea from Hitchcock. This is my first encounter with a film written by Evan Hunter. Let's see if they made a good team.

Final Thought: For a movie made in the 60s about killer birds I thought it was quite thrilling. It could have been better than it was though. People wonder why I'm not particularly fond of these creatures. Now I can show them one reason. If you haven't seen this classic yet you should.
Added by BAMF
4 years ago on 15 August 2015 20:42