issy 🥝’s review published on Letterboxd:
i thought i'd give the book a go after reading the stepford wives, also written by ira levin, and i liked it, so after reading i thought i'd see what all the fuss with this movie is about. honestly, i don't think it's a great adaptation, i think a lot of it comes down to awkward acting, which i just attribute to it being the 60s, and awkward editing, which i also attribute to it being the 60s, but it also just feels rushed. and it's not really how i imagined some of the characters or the setting at all. the castavets, and the bramford apartments are all wrong to me, granted i can't expect the movie to be exactly the same as my vision when i was reading the book, but this is just how i saw it, so i'm wondering how anyone else who read the book saw it. i saw their apartments to be smaller and more cramped, because levin describes their apartments to be sort of connected, making rosemary feel so much more smothered by her neighbours, the apartments in the movie are like hogwarts, like just hide in one of your 15 rooms rosemary! and with the castavets, i saw roman as much.. weirder? with more colourful clothes, like an old retired guitar player from a famous band, not like the owner of a country club. and sort of on the complete opposite end, i saw minnie as more bland, just a normal old lady type, with broaches and knitting needles, and no boston accent, more of a phyllis vance type, so untintimidating, which makes it harder for everyone to believe she's dangerous. not that a tiny old lady with an attitude and a boston accent seems particularly dangerous, it's just not how i pictured her. i don't know, i don't really rate films anymore but if i did i wouldn't rate this very high. granted it's a really interesting story, but that's ira levin's work, and this movie doesn't really do the story justice to me.