“Rear Window” is the type of classic that has become such a part of pop culture that it’s likely never going to surprise anyone with its plot twists again thanks to its proliferation, but it’s still a great way to spend two hours. The setting itself is one of the movie’s most effective touches, with its intimacy and its structural uniqueness, and it’s not hard for the audience to get lost in the movie’s central mystery. James Stewart and Grace Kelly make a grand duo onscreen, with Stewart’s curmudgeon charm doing most of the dramatic heavy lifting here. This is one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous thrillers, and while it’s definitely been impacted by the passing of time, it’s a worthwhile classic that should be seen by every cinephile at least once.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)