Rebecca (2020) based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier of the same name released in 1938. This synopsis of the film, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, tells the story of a husband and wife who have just married. After living together, the woman leads an uncomfortable life because her husband is still trying to escape from the shadow of his first wife who died.
Rebecca opened in a Monte Carlo setting when the young female character played by Lily James was still working as an assistant to a wealthy woman. In that city, he also meets Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a wealthy widower who owns a large land called Manderley. Top Movie Site
The two of them are getting closer every day and finally decided to continue their relationship to the level of marriage. The woman who is now known as Mrs. de Winter also lives with her husband in a large residence in the Manderley area. However, conflicts began to emerge when he moved into the residence and made the life of the woman never calm.
The reason is, Mrs. de Winter is “haunted” by the memory of Rebecca as Maxim’s ex-wife who has not yet disappeared from her husband’s memory. The condition was exacerbated by the presence of Mrs. Danvers (Kristen Scott Thomas), the manager of the Manderley residence who often evoked memories from Rebecca.
The storyline will also be very interesting if you have never read the original novel or the film version of Rebecca (1940), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Moreover, behind the plot we are presented with a number of plot twists that are quite surprising.
However, for those of you who have seen the Rebecca version in the previous adaptation, this Netflix original film will be less memorable. The thing is, the storyline is exactly the same, so the plot twist in it is not surprising because it was guessed. Moreover, Rebecca who was directed by Ben Wheatley was “haunted” by the version of Alfred Hitchcock who won “Best Picture” at the Oscars.
So, as a whole, the storyline in this remake film will be enjoyed by those who have never watched the Alfred Hitchcock version at all. However, if you just want to compare the two versions, there’s nothing wrong with watching this film because there are a number of other factors that make you feel at home watching.
As a Netflix original, there should be no doubt about the visual aspect of Rebecca’s film. You will be presented with a number of stunning visuals of the scene, especially when most of the setting is located in Manderley. Your eyes will be spoiled by the panoramic views of the hills and beaches which are very beautiful and ‘soothing’.
One of the factors that make you feel at home when watching Rebecca’s film is the presence of actors with captivating visuals and their acting skills that steal the attention. Armie Hammer and Lily James successfully present husband-wife chemistry in this one film. The evolution of James’ character from an innocent girl to a very determined woman throughout the film also deserves appreciation.
In addition, there is one actor whose acting really stole the show in this film, namely Kristen Scott Thomas who plays Mrs. Danvers. Thanks to Thomas’s brilliant acting, you may also be resentful of Mrs Danvers’ bad attitude towards Mrs de Winter. Thomas is really able to play the emotions of the audience through his acting skills in this film.
Broadly speaking, Rebecca will be suitable to watch for those of you who like thriller-psychological genre films with elements of romance in them. If you are interested, this film can be watched streaming on Netflix starting October 21, 2020.