Dated special effects. A classic.
- The Birds review by JD
With Psycho, Hitchcocks best known film. Famous for good reason. At the time the special effects were the best available. The scenes of bird attacks now however are shocking only to the naive and very young. I was only 11 when I saw this film first and was very scared. An adult watching this now would have to be very sensitive to be scared. The scenes of struggling with a clearly stuffed seagull are mildly amusing. It has a 15 certificate so this gives it a target viewer of 15 - 18 (any older would certainly see through the production) or 50 plus (watching it for a second time or just a Hitchcock fan who missed it).
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Overrated Hitchcock. Dated.
- The Birds review by AP
I usually like films from legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.
His brand of suspense thrillers and technical film wizardry for the era are strongpoints. So it is with some degree of trepidation that my review of such a well known Hitchcock film is mediocre. The lowest I have rated one of his films.
I just found the build up starring the two principal actors Tippi Hedren as Socialite Melanie Daniels and Australian Rod Taylor as San Francisco lawyer Mitch Brenner...boring.
It begins with some potential romance scenario where Brenner and Taylor meet each other in a pet store before the film cuts to Daniels driving up the California coast to a resort called Bodega Bay where Taylor spends weekends with his domineering mother Lydia Brenner (Jessica Tandy).
Eventually some bird action occurs as Daniels is attacked by a rogue seagull.
Scenes are shown featuring other bird species in attack mode such as sparrows and crows.
The horror of the bird attacks look tame by modern standards but I imagine back in 1963 they caused a stir.
In one scene a dead body with no eyeballs is shown.
The film was produced way before computer effects so relies on special effects from cameras and film. They do the job adequately.
The film ends quite abruptly without providing adequate resolution in my opinion. Questions are left unanswered. Why do the birds attack the coastal town?
Does outsider to the town Daniels have some link?
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