Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder ★★★½

There comes a time in every director (even the great ones) where the long days of pure creativity and brilliance begins to decay. Whether is it because such creative mind has gone past its age, maybe because such creativity mind was a bit burned out or something else... it happens to everyone, and Hitchcock was no exception.

Now, in the case of this movie, we find outselves with a conundrum. Why? Well, for the past decade after this movie's released, The Master of Suspense actually released his most iconic work, all the way from Vertigo to Psycho, so for many my opening statement in regards to this movie may absolutely make no sense.

But I insist, if this doesn't play as a sign of decay, at least it goes to show for a sec here our man got a bit lazy with its writing - a somewhat convoluted murder story that feels almost like a reanactment of Rope or Strangers On A Train where the villain finds a weak link and fools him, after explaining the entire plot, but things doesn't go as a plan. Now, in this case, many will argue that most of this feel comes because this is based on a play.

Another thing that bothered me was the score. Looking at Dimitri Tiomkin, he had a fantastic run as a composer for many great Westerns, but something about his playful and quirky score felt so out of place.

Other aspect of the movie that caught my attention its the very own definition of a nitpick, and there might be an explanation, but for an almost 2hrs film... why is it there a small intermission? It might be nothing, but for me it was very telling.

All in all, look for my rating its clear I did enjoy this (especially the second half) and the script in Hitchcock's tradition had his flair, I can't help but feeling this was, in the best case scenario, the end of the era and Rear Window next will just open a new chapter on his career,

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