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I just....felt unsatisfied. I felt like it was leading up to something but the end came as unexpectedly as....well pretty much nothing else in the film because it was all quite predictable. A lot of it makes no sense, such as the motivation of these avian attacks to begin with or why this guy just casually invited someone who stalked him out of the city for dinner and it lacked any form of resolution or explanation, the ending just seemed lazy. It made me very angry. Some bits did not add up at all (that murder of crows that attacked the schoolchildren just let that group of three people walk right by them despite them making just about the same ammount of noise. Or why all those birds suddenly switched from looming over the town to perching all over the protagonists' boyfriends house.) The pace was pretty slow at the start (it was more of a romance movie than a thriller, though there were some hints here and there of what the future held but all in all though it wasn't very.... thrilling. Or scary or anything. Just mildly interesting. Heck it might've been more interesting if it went in a completely different way (like maybe the protagonist turning out to be evil or a serial killer or perhaps a few of the townspeople like that dude's ex or mom) but still interesting just....the ending was too abrupt I felt it had a pretty good scare left in it (The end built it up so much) but that never happened (biggest movie tease) so I was left feeling a bit disappointed and filled with all these random questions.
This is suspense at its finest, along with Psycho as well. The thought of turning everyday species into deadly killing machines is an amazing idea. Nevertheless, the film also has an eerieness to it, which the audience feel as the birds slowly form a group ready to unleash their next attack, a must watch if a Hitchcock fan.
Probably my least favorite Hitchcock out of the 11 that I've seen. A tacky premise held up by a plot that just didn't make a whole lot of sense. I didn't understand any of those characters or their motivations. I kept having to ask myself throughout the movie, "Did this action make more sense in 1963? Did this character seem authentic in 1963?" I'll never know, but by my present perception of reality and art that was just an asinine production from beginning to end.
I'm still however and always will be a sucker for Hitchcock in technicolor. Dat cozy aesthetic.
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This movie ranks #7 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
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This movie ranks #27 in François Truffaut's The Films of My Life
This movie ranks #40 in Horror
This movie ranks #57 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream is a Genius
This movie ranks #97 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #98 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #103 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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This movie ranks #272 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #304 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #314 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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This movie ranks #442 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
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This movie ranks #738 in National Film Registry