Oh, right, I did promise to watch some movies for RIP, didn’t I? And my list does say, “Um. Hitchcock?”, and this is totally suspenseful so first movie DONE.
And it was pretty good! North by Northwest tells the story of this guy Thornhill who gets mistaken for some other guy (who turns out not to exist) and then is almost murdered The Postman Always Rings Twice-style except he turns out to be a pretty awesome drunk driver. Except he gets caught for, you know, drunk driving, and then he’s all “Nonono, someone else poured a giant bottle of bourbon down my throat and then tried to kill me,” and everyone’s like, “Right,” and the attempted murderers totally make him look like a crazy person and then like a murderer and then he’s on the lam and he meets a sexy lady who is sexy and also not actually on his side. Also there are some FBI or whatever people who are like, “Sweet, this guy is solving our nonexistant-dude problem.” But Thornhill is going to prove himself innocent whether anyone likes it or not.
I had some stuff to say on the Twitters (sidenote: it took me way too long to figure out how to do that search) while I was watching the movie, and you can see from the seeming non-sequitur-ness of my comments that it is an odd one. Using murder as a flirting tool? Attempted murder by crop-duster? Annoying an auctioneer to get a police escort out of an auction? Having a chase down Mount Freakin’ Rushmore? I don’t… I just don’t understand.
And I especially don’t understand the ending, which is like (SPOILERS), oh, look, she’s gonna fall down the mountain, oh, just kidding, now they’re on a train and possibly married and OH LOOK AT THAT TRAIN GOING INTO A TUNNEL WHAT COULD THAT POSSIBLY MEAN. The end. That chick is nice and all, but I rather wish she had fallen off the mountain with my beloved Martin Landau, who can stare at me with those eyes all day long.
Anyway, the ending aside, I kind of liked the ridiculousness of the whole movie, which had some wonderfully quotable lines, like “I don’t like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me.” Excellent. And while sometimes the exposition was a little much, I enjoyed the times when I was like, “How did he get out of THAT situation” and then the character would exposit for me. It’s not the most subtle movie ever, but it’s certainly an entertaining time!