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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- Like Psycho, I had certain pre-conceived ideas about The Birds. I had always avoided it because I thought it would scare me too much; I don’t like birds at the best of times, never mind when they are attacking people. But in the end, I enjoyed it more than I expected.
- There’s been a lot speculated and said about Hitchcock and his treatment of women, and it seems this is the film that seem to garner the most attention in that respect. There is certainly something to be said about the role of women in the film; the birds only start to attack when Tippi Hedren’s Melanie arrives in Bodega Bay, and indeed, she seems to largely be the focus of their attacks. It’s clear that Hitchcock is passing comment on female sexuality. This is also another Hitchcock film that ruminates on relationships with mothers; both Psycho and Marnie, which came either side of this film, had similar storylines.
- I really liked the way that the film ended; the main characters appear to making their escape from Bodega Bay, but the birds haven’t been vanquished in any way. They are still there, quiet for the moment, but there’s no knowing if they may attack again.
- The Birds is probably the scariest of all the Hitchcock films I watched as part of my 31 Before 31 goal, but it was scary in a good way. Quite terrifying really, and not just because it was attacking birds (that would be awful in real life), but mainly because the cause of the attacks is never discovered. They can’t stop it, because they don’t know why it’s happening.
What I Didn’t Like
- As ever, I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about The Birds. As I said, I was pleasantly surprised, yet again, by a Hitchcock film that I thought was going to be too scary and weird for me.