The Birds Reviews
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?
This film is extremely terrifying with "birds" being the terrifying concept which works brilliantly. I haven't been frightened by the film that much in a long time.
Hitchcock sets the film up quite nicely with a simple romantic plot which turns into a "run for life" bloody fight with nature.
He directs some scary but lovely shots that make you feel like your 'Tippi' Hedren screaming for your life.
If you like your classic horrors, this is right up your street.
"The Birds" - terrifyingly brilliant, extremely scary concept and wonderfully directed. Alfred Hitchcock said "It could be one of the most terrifying motion pictures I have ever made"
Well, for me, it's the most terrifying film I have ever seen and I loved it!