Do You Like Hitchcock? Reviews
I also found the dubbing annoying. I was hoping for Italian.
The main character reminds me a lot of Ezra Godden's Paul in Dagon... kind of a clumsy, inept, nerdy type with a knack for trouble, not to mention a super cute girlfriend.
I am not familiar with director Argento, so I had no expectations for anything, perhaps that is why some others on here gave a low score, expecting more blood and action that apparently he is known for. I actually prefer the more subtle and what I consider realistic screenplay, and thought the underlying suspense quite effective.
I'm not sure if I would call Giulio a "voyeur" per se, since he makes very little effort to conceal himself when observing others. He's either a really terrible one, or it's simply that it's difficult not to notice others putting themselves on display right outside your window, as I saw the case to be.
Anyway, interesting movie, cute girls, intriguing plot, gets a thumb's up in my book and which I plan to add to my collection at some point.
decent Argento doing his riff on Hitchcock, making De Palma look like an amateur in homage-ing by comparison. This is not always a good thing, especially since Argento is riffing himself off too (sound familiar - an average guy, the protahgonist, sees a murder take place, and instead of going to the police with his clues takes it upon himself to solve the crime(s), with some horrorfying results). In this case it helps that the filmmaker is making light of the guy at the start, as a child, being a voyeur, as it explains why he's such a dick in adult life. But it has its moments though, and some sexy women; the best sequence lacks the usual point-of-view approach from Argento, and is a chase scene in the rain at night that goes awry (think the scene where the car is rolling down the hill in Children of Men).
I do remember not being impressed though. I'll have to watch this again ...
Seriously I would take DISTURBIA as a more fitting REAR WINDOW homage than this film. This thing is messy, rather nonsensical, and almost so obvious you start going back to figure out why you're wrong about what's going on until you finally go "oh, yeah, there it is. I was right all along. What a waste of time." Argento has done MUCH better, but if you're a fan of his it's worth a look. He is still better than most out there, especially in the realm of horror/suspense, but this is almost like someone ripping off Argento ripping off Hitchcock!