A mess of contradictory tones and creative ideas, yet weirdly… MoreA mess of contradictory tones and creative ideas, yet weirdly enjoyable. I love the musical score despite its sometimes ridiculous turns (the English spoken-word child chants are hit or miss). There's a gruesome off screen stabbing that feels especially chilling and cringe inducing- and yet one of the kids utters a snap-worthy 'excuse me!' during the film's climax. There were people working on this film who cared and those creative fumes barely made it out from underneath the hood of this absolute moving mess.
A modern masterpiece worthy of anyone's attention for a strikingly… MoreA modern masterpiece worthy of anyone's attention for a strikingly long list of reasons. The thumbnail for the trailer alone alludes to Clive Owen's incredible performance. Some minor flaws and debatable design choices do not hamper what I would consider to be a must watch. It is almost criminal the film lost so much money at the box office.
Entertaining and enjoyable popcorn fluff. Some odd changes from the… MoreEntertaining and enjoyable popcorn fluff. Some odd changes from the book dramatically deviate from the book's more powerful ending, turning a strong message of forgiving and forgetting into a convenient and soapy 'c'est la vie.'
Incredible from start to finish, with an impeccable musical score… MoreIncredible from start to finish, with an impeccable musical score banging on, stabbing at your senses. But I would not consider this Hitchcock's greatest, even third greatest, work.
Say what you will, I think this shot for shot homage to the original… MoreSay what you will, I think this shot for shot homage to the original is in a (very, very small, minute, almost infinitesimal) handful of ways SUPERIOR to the original. Vince Vaughn's portrayal of Norman Bates, if you're able to get past the actor's typecasting, is spot-on and immensely entertaining. The shots are all here, but the subtle nods and brief fourth wall breaking homages to the original make this film unique, and I actually enjoy it.