North by Northwest

North by Northwest ★★★★½

Not my favorite Hitchcock film, but certainly not far off, and easily his most interesting/unique; a thrilling blend of mystery, adventure, romance, and comedy. Cary Grant is perfect, bringing his overflowing natural charisma to a role that's part Bond, part fish-out-of-water. The only thing that holds this back from being an all-time favorite is the pacing, and maybe I'll come around one day, but I can't help but think maybe MGM was onto something asking for a cut 15 minutes shorter. The romance on the train gets a bit repetitive and the third act has some dazzling setpieces, but the lead up to the spectacular finale is bloated. Still, even with the uneven tempo, it's a brilliant, energetic adventure I could return to often. Hitchcock at his most playful.

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