Rope ★★★★

As taut a thriller as they come, Hitchcock perfectly balances suspense with the underlying philosophies at play in the motivations of his characters. Rope is never claustrophobic, and unlike so many films of its era based on stage plays, never feels forced in its constrained setting.

The only element that took away from my experience was James Stewart. His easygoing, gee-shucks charm feels out of sync with his character, particularly towards the beginning of the film. If it weren't for this...dare I say it? It very well might have been my favorite Hitchcock film.

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