The Birds (1963) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Birds (1963)

The Birds (1963)

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  • Release Date:  1963
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenwriter:  Daphne Du Maurier, Evan Hunter
  • Cast & Crew = Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw, Ruth McDevitt, and Doodles Weaver.

 

The Birds (1963) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • Ronan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB =  7.7/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.9/10;

The Birds (1963) Synopsis:

A town experience a sudden series of violent attacks by birds, who seems to be gathering in numbers around the town.

The Birds (1963) Review:

The Birds is, along with Hitchcock other horror classics Psycho, one of the dinosaurs of the horror scene.

As in other Hitchcock film, what immediately strikes is the quality of the dialogues. The film manages to immerse you completely within the first few minutes and the very unusual personality of the main actress (Tippi Hedren) is the main reason behind it. She is so pretty, and with such strong lines, that she makes the film special just by herself.

Other than that, the multiples birds attacks are delightful moments of chaos. The special effects are a bit laughable nowadays and may distract the viewers at times, but still, the anarchy and complete mess generated by these hordes of birds are delightful to watch and remains oppressive to watch even today.

The last part of the film, with its very powerful apocalyptic set up, is worthy of some of the greatest sci-fi horror. My only regret, and reason for not putting a higher rating comes from the sudden ending and its complete lack of explanation for what was happening.

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