Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby ★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

Such a well crafted film.

I’ve been wanting to see this for quite a while. However the Blu-ray was out of print in the UK and was always around £20 to buy it pre-owned on eBay. However, for some reason, Amazon was selling it brand new for £6.99 two days ago so I immediately snatched it up. It was annoying because I was constantly avoiding spoilers for the film, however in the end I pretty much knew absolutely everything that happened. It’s a fantastically well made movie. The set design and cinematography is amazing and it’s such a well written script too. I do think the first half of the film is kind of a bore. It’s entertaining enough, but there’s just so much nothingness really happening. They could have cut 20 minutes out of the first hour and it would have been just as, if not more, effective. However the last hour of the film is pure perfection. I absolutely love witch movies like this, those that are in the same vein as Suspiria and Inferno in terms of how the story and narrative is built in a such mysterious way. Just all of the tension and frustration of feeling the hopeless Rosemary is going through is just so fantastically executed. Mia Farrow also puts on a fantastic performance, it does get a little campy at the end but overall she does a great job. I wish I didn’t know about the final scene because it’s so good and something I would have loved to experience knowing nothing about it. It is slightly anticlimactic in a way, perhaps due to my knowledge of the twist, and I would have liked to see the baby, but the ambiguity of it all was possibly even more effective.

Overall, Rosemary’s Baby is such a well made movie with a fantastic plot and world building.

Borderline 4/4.5 out of 5 stars

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