Dark, beautiful, and clever are 3 words I’d use to describe Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca.
I’d never read the books,written by Daphne du Maurier, but I’d always heard good things about the story of Rebecca. So when I heard it was coming onto Netflix, I knew it was the perfect time to give the story a go. It was one of the best films I have seen in a long time, far better than I expected.
Lily James played the role perfectly and was so suited to her character. The performance was flawless and I enjoyed every moment she was on screen. Though her co-star, Armie Hammer, did not stand out to me as particularly memorable or well cast, fellow co-star Kristin Scott Thomas stole the screen and played her role so interestingly and with a lot of depth.
One of my favourite aspects was the fashion and set design in the movie. The outfits were gorgeous and really intrigued me. I loved seeing the evolution of the outfits as James’ character went from rags to riches. Another element that was particularly successful was the way the lighting and set design was presented. There was a really gloomy and gritty element to the lighting of the film which fit in with the aesthetic and really gave it that mysterious tone. The settings were intriguing and fit the story very well and I particularly enjoyed the way the mysterious Rebecca’s room was designed.
There were so many twists and turns in the film and I think it was very well sustained. The film never felt too long or too boring. It perfectly caught my attention at all times and was a great adaptation of the novel.
If you are looking for something with a touch of romance, a shadow of darkness, and a whole lot of mystery and drama, then this is totally the film for you and comes highly recommended by me.