NYNM#2: Right then

OK, ‘Greatest Movie Ever Made’, do your worst. Not Citizen Kane, which I saw years ago, but its most recent usurper…

14. Vertigo (1958)


Former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo. Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin’s wife Madeleine, who is behaving strangely. Hilarity ensues.

So, we all know that guy, the one who uses his mysterious and traumatic past as an excuse to act like a total and utter prick. We all know the girl with an absurd Scousebrow who changes her look/personality/everything for her man. That’s Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo. Elements of this were… OK…. but I wasn’t a fan. I’ve tried to watch it 6 times before and fallen asleep every time (staying awake this time was a struggle); Jimmy Stewart’s overactive facial expressions are nothing short of ridiculous (not to mention his eyeshadow); the ending is rushed and not the shock I’m sure it was in 1958. It’s not aged well at all.

As far as Hitchcock goes, I preferred The Birds. As far as Greatest Movie Ever Made goes, I’m on Team Orson. 6/10


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