The set pieces are really pretty especially the mansion where De Winter lives. The new Mrs. De Winter is very charming and lovely to watch. Once she stepped foot inside Mandalay, I knew that things were going to turn sour. There were creepy undertones ever since she stepped foot inside that mansion. Beautifully and wonderfully an atmospheric movie to behold.
You can't help but feel sorry for what Mrs. De Winter is going through. She's so helpless and the afraid. And Ms. Danvers sure is a cruel cunt.
There's this unexplainable feeling in the movie that keeps you watching, waiting to see what the outcome will be of Mrs. De Winter. There's this impalpable feeling that things are going to go wrong or that there's this big surprise at the end. This is the outcome of brilliant writing from Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
The last part of the movie becomes very intriguing to watch, as everything comes out on the table. The brilliant dialogue really makes itself shown in the last part as well between characters.
Overall, this movie is downright brilliant! Wonderful acting from everyone and beautiful writing and storytelling. The way everything unfolds is definitely a sight to behold.
Joan Fontaine is amazing in the lead role, because she has that wholesome innocence. If I were to make any complaint about her in the role, it would be the fact that the film is trying to sell us on the idea that she looks plain and is less beautiful than Rebecca. Laurence Olivier is also great as the husband with something to hide. He brings a subtlety that is tough to get right, because he can be warm and likable in one scene and then distant and intimidating in the next. Also of note is Judith Anderson who is just the right level of scary.
I just wish there was more to the story in Rebecca. It started with a lot of promise, and I sensed that something bigger was going on, so I was totally hooked. When things were revealed I instantly thought "Is that it?" I actually lost interest and the whole movie kind of deflated. Reflecting on it now, days later, I wonder if it was just something to do with my false expectations. I wanted something bigger and some Psycho-style shocking conclusion. So I will readily admit that the film is probably better than I was able to recognize initially.