Netflix Movie Review on Rebecca

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Esmeralda Ortega, Junior

he long-awaited Netflix remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rebecca, based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, also called Rebecca, was released on October 21, 2020. 

The motion picture, directed by Ben Wheatley, follows the life of the young newlywed, Mrs. DeWinter, as she grows to realize that her husband and her new life are not entirely what she thought them to be. There will be spoilers in this article, so please read with caution.

Mrs. DeWinter is played by renowned English actress Lily James, who is well known for her roles in films such as Cinderella and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Maxim DeWinter, Mrs. DeWinter’s husband is played by Armie Hammer, who starred in movies like Call Me By Your Name and Mirror Mirror. Kristen Scott Thomas is cast as the DeWinter’s housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. 

Netflix’s remake of Rebecca, like Hitchcock’s version, was based on du Maurier’s book released in 1938. There have been many film adaptations of the novel throughout the years, but overall, they all stick close to the original storyline. The young soon-to-be Mrs. DeWinter meets the extremely handsome, rich and classy Maxim DeWinter while working at Monte Carlo, resulting in the two falling in love. 

Joshua Rivera from The Verge, states, “Upon arriving [to her new home, Manderly], the new Madame de Winter finds that she lives in the shadow of the previous Madame de Winter, Rebecca, who seemed to have been universally loved before her untimely demise.” 

Rebecca is a film about a young woman who is trying to get accustomed to her new life; however, she does not feel very welcomed in her new home, specifically by Mrs. Vanders, the couple’s housekeeper. Senior at Patriot High School, Estefhania Lopez, explains her feelings of suspense while watching: “ I was kept on edge because there were specific points in which I questioned if the good guy was the bad guy.” 

This movie is packed with twists and turns that will keep the viewer anticipating what happens next.