Netflix’s latest addition to their never ending library is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s sweeping Academy-Award winning gothic romance, Rebecca.
The story itself is based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, following a newlywed (Lily James) as she is haunted by her husband’s (Armie Hammer) first wife, Rebecca, in their family estate.
However, compared to the original film, there have been some updates — you know, to keep it fresh.
Well, one thing is certain — Rebecca is gorgeous. Whether it be the picturesque coast of the French Riviera or the Instagrammable costumes or just Armie Hammer and Lily James, there is beauty all around.
But you know what they say, beauty is only skin deep. And unfortunately, Rebecca’s beauty doesn’t make up for how long and boring the film is.
By all means there’s a way to successfully craft a “slow burn” sort of suspense. I mean look at Midsommar. But sadly Rebecca fails to create the effect.
Instead it’s just painfully slow and lacks any sort of depth. Most of the characters are uninteresting and flat, with the exception of Kristin Scott Thomas’s chilling and cold Mrs. Danvers and the titular character — who is not even in the movie, for crying out loud.
Overall, this is one remake that isn’t worth the watch. Perhaps just stick to reading any Buzzfeed articles that can help you dress like you’re in the movie…because trust me, I’m already looking up hats on Amazon Prime.
Final Thoughts: Although it is beautiful, please stick to the original Rebecca. Totally worth it. Trust me.