Charade is definitely a very creepy, whodunit kind of movie. In fact, I've heard it called the "best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made"! It follows Regina Lampert and her quest to find 1) who killed her husband, 2) who was her husband, and 3) where is her husband's money? Throw in some ex-soldiers and a strange man who isn't who he seems and there you have it! (I feel like I've already used that exact phrase last week :D )
|Cary Grant's Awkward Orange scene is pure gold!|
Also, I've seen youth pastors play this game #awkies
Audrey Hepburn is her wonderful, enchanting, mysterious self. Her character, Regina Lampert, annoyed me a bit though. She seemed to alternate between hysteria and practicality at an alarming rate. And what did she see in Peter Joshua?! He basically lies the whole movie!!!! And why would you marry a husband whom you knew so little about?!
I love the creepy elements of this movie such as the opening scene with a gun pointed at Regina's head. And the final chase scene is so deliciously scary and keeps you on the edge of your seat! Although I do have to say, a certain fight scene on a roof goes on wayyyyyyy too long... *yawn*
Oh and James Coburn is in this movie!!!! I've seen him in The Magnificent Seven where he throws knives and in The Great Escape where he's an Australian who learns how to say "I love you" in Russian...
Speaking of James Coburn, the bad guys in this movie are sooooo creepy!! *shudders*
As usual, Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe is "straight fiyaaaaa" to borrow a phrase from the kids.... (No, I have totally never used that in a conversation. Why would you think that?) I especially like her yellow dress, and her cream dress! (Her white hat makes her look Russian and that yellow coat looks like mustard depending on the lighting)
Can we just appreciate Mancini's music for a sec? Mancini, who wrote the theme Charade, also wrote the Pink Panther, which is sort of a scary-feeling song. I love the motif that's repeated at all the key tension points! It has words too! Although they're kind of hard to understand. I love Mancini's stuff sooo much! (He also plays or conducts an arrangement of As Time Goes By that sounds smooth and jazzy!)
Overall, I love this movie! I mean for Pete's sake, it has Cary Grant, and I basically love all of his movies! It also passes the rewatchability test that I totally didn't just make up... I watched this sometime last year and basically forgot all the important plot points, making this viewing quite enjoyable! (I guess it only passes if you have a weird, selective memory like me)
P.S. Jean Louis needs a spanking.