I was really looking forward to watching Rebecca because thrillers are my jam and I even dubbed the whole month of October as spooky season for basically everything I ingested into my system. Also Lily James is in it! Despite the movie not entirely living up to my expectations, there were still quite a few aspects that I loved which made it worth while for me.
When a young lady’s maid (Lily James) meets the incredibly handsome and well off Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), she is swept up in a holiday romance she only ever dreamed about. It is no dream, however, when Maxim asks for her hand in marriage and whisks her away back to his family’s estate on the English coast.
But the house holds a secret – a secret about the former Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, who passed away the year before. And as the new Mrs. de Winter attempts to settle into her new life, she learns that the elusive Rebecca’s legacy still lives on and she will never be able to take her place.
The main problem I had with the movie was it’s pacing. I understand for purposes of the story that the newlywed couple had to get married rather quickly, but I couldn’t get over how unrealistic it was as they had only known each other for a weekend! In addition, I felt like everything else in comparison happened rather slowly. There was so much build up and it took ages for something to actually happen. Because of that, I felt it was difficult to concentrate.
Despite this and the fact that the events that transpired were slightly predictable, I did want to keep watching. I had become invested even in the slow burn of it all and I needed to find out what was going to happen. I guess that means they did something right.
I also need to commend the fabulous cast, in particular, Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas who portrays creepy housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. All three worked amazingly with each other and I enjoyed each scene that they were in. Chemistry is very important and they had it by the bundle.
So, if you are a fan of thrillers, give Rebecca a try. It did get mixed reviews, but don’t let that deter you!