Tuesday, March 26, 2013

307. The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Oh wow, Doris Day.  Growing up, my mom, my sister, and I would watch Doris Day movies whenever my dad was out of town.  They were always so absurd that they were fun to make fun of.  I mean, the plots of her movies are laughable.  Doris Day fakes a secret admirer to make her husband jealous but then the fictitious lover becomes real.  Doris Day's husband believe he is dying so he tries to find a new husband for Doris before he dies.  However, I do have an ounce of respect for Doris after watching this movie.

Do you even need a review?  You probably know by now that I love Alfred Hitchcock (seriously who doesn't?) so you know this is going to be a rave.  This man can do no wrong.  Well, I should specify he can do no wrong in films. The whole being a creepy stalker is a definite character flaw.

Anyway, Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart witness an assassination. While they are at the police station, their child is kidnapped.  In true Hollywood style, it is up to the couple to find their child…before it is TOO LATE! DAH DAH DAH.

So, of course, the directing is flawless, the dialogue is great, and it is a really tense film.  However, I do have to complain about Doris Day singing "Que Sera, Sera".  I mean, I get that she has to sing in pretty much every film she does but by god, was that out of place.  It was inserted into the story as best as it could be but it was quite unnecessary.

Missing out on a five star rating just because of the awkwardness of her solo.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Hitchcock's remake on his own film.

HITCHCOCK RADAR: Watching the acrobats in the Moroccan marketplace.

The problem:

1 comment:

  1. I was quite okay with Doris Day singing her song. It is a nice song and a brilliant movie, so I can forgive it anything.