After getting a promo box from Netflix for the upcoming movie Rebecca, I was even more intrigued to watch it. The poster was gorgeous and the trailer was intriguing.
Of course I had heard of the book, but honestly, I had no idea what it was about…
Director: Ben Wheatley
Novel by: Daphne du Maurier
Screenplay by: Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Jane Goldman
Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: October 21, 2020
After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter, a newly married young woman arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.
Cast: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, Tom Goodman-Hill, Bryony Miller, Keeley Hawes
Before we get to my top 5 reasons to watch, let’s check out the trailer.
Top 5 reasons to watch Rebecca:
- the cast — I really like Lily James and while I hadn’t seen anything from Armie Hammer, he looked perfect for the role
- the costumes — Lily’s character wears some of the cutest outfits and I would happily steal any of the coats she wore throughout the movie
- the cinematography — the look was absolutely gorgeous and I loved every shot. I have a desperate need to get back to the UK…more than I normally do
- the estate — also seen in Netflix’s Enola Holmes, Manderley is stunning and easily a character
- the suspense — at just over two hours, it’s a very slow burn that was quite satisfying
This movie did have me guessing and went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. Not only do I want to watch the Hitchcock version, I have a great need to read the book for even more details.
Huge thanks to Netflix for the promo box! Rebecca is streaming on Netflix now.
Have you read the book or watched the movie? Do you plan to?