For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
North By Northwest is a brilliant look at a spy thriller. It throws in just about every possible twist and turn. It stars the amazing (and handsome) Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it has been noted as his most stylish thriller, hailed as the ‘first James Bond’, and is viewed by many also as his best film- (although it is not his highest ranking film on AFI’s list). Of all of the Hitchcock films that I have seen it is my favorite.
North by Northwest is a fun and suspensful look at the extraordinary events that happen to Cary Grant’s character, the self-obsessed New York Advertising man, Roger Thornhill. He is mistaken for George Kaplan, an Intelligence Agency operative. Cary Grant is incredible molding Thornhill into a witty and unshakable character- making it believable that he has no clue what is going on as the events unfold around him. He goes along for the adventure and is intent on seeing it play out. He’s our American James Bond. From the crazy revelations to the breadcrumbs that Hitchcock leaves for us in all in the varying American landscapes, we are given a fast paced, intelligent film with an incredible cast of characters in play.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: