North by Northwest – film review

I found the first act of this classic caper strongest, mistaken identity involving our Leading Man in a dangerous conspiracy, simultaneously building the mystery and placing him in ever more precarious circumstances. Technically impressive, its action set pieces stand the test of time thanks to effects wizardry that makes for as compelling viewing in 2018 as it did in 1959. While the opening had built momentum, the introduction of a romantic interlude soon becomes a romantic subplot, derailing it and the film never quite gets it back.

B+

 

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