The start is a bit rocky, but the narrative builds and swells and reaches such a high emotional pitch that it knocks you off your feet. One moment in particular is one of the most romantic gestures ever put to film.
Even though the film is enjoyable, it is fairly depressing to me that this is what mainstream American movies/culture has become (or maybe it has always been like this?); a nostalgic, self-congratulatory trip down memory lane that plays it so safe that it feels as risky as knitting Christmas sweaters with grandma. Each time one of these tent-pole, big-hype blockbusters comes out I find myself overlooking the track record of previous ventures and inevitably go to the theater to watch…
My favorite Hitchcock so far, just edging out Psycho. Shot in beautiful technicolor (which I'm a sucker for) this is Hitch's most cinematic and ambitious effort. While I loved his earlier work like Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest takes full advantage of its medium and is like watching a painting in motion.