Top positive review
A top notch cast, script and solid directing is why "The Birds" still holds up even after 55 years.
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2018
In its day, the early 1960s, "The Birds" was considered controversial and shocking. Even in the late 60s into the early 70s when I had first seen "The Birds" on tv, it was still pretty shocking though in comparison to the movies being filmed in our current age, "The Birds", with the exception of a few scenes, is considered to be quite tame. The reason this Hitchcock movie still holds up after 55 years is its solid directing and top notch cast with Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright and of course Tippi Hedren. Tippi Hedren is the reason I come back to this classic. There is something very deep and absolute about Tippi Hedren's presence in this movie that draws me in each time I've seen it though I could never really put my finger on just exactly why. There is a helplessness and vulnerable quality to her portrayal of the character "Melanie Daniels". The conundrum is that in the same instances of that helplessness and vulnerability, Melanie Daniels is shrewd, intelligent and tough as nails. Of course that isn't rare by any means. Many actors are able to exude those same qualities but I doubt that any other actor could've played that role as well as Hedren had. Rod Taylor is another strong actor and the only criticism I have for this movie (and it's a minor criticism) is that his character "Mitch Brenner" sometimes comes across as too sympathetic and over protective towards Hedren's character. In my opinion that interferes with the antagonistic nature of their relationship and subtly stunts the chemistry between the two characters. Veronica Cartwright had the amazing ability to cry convincingly on cue and Jessica Tandy is a fine character actor as well as Pleshette. I love this movie and highly recommend it !!