I usually hate old movies. I believe that if movies aren’t getting better, then there would be no reason to keep making them. I would rather see a movie made in the last 5 years than any classic that Hollywood would have me believe is a “must see.” The special effects are cheesy, the plot is cliche (it wasn’t cliche then, but it is now), and they are never immersive enough to make them believable. However, Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” is a fantastic movie, even by today’s standards.
Hitchcock weaves a fantastic tale of a wrongfully accused man attempting to clear his name. Alright, so the plot is a little cliche in our eyes since we, as kids of the new millenium, have seen this storyline a thousand time. And the special effects are very cheesy, there is heavy use of poorly made backdrops. However, this movie was so immersive that I forgot all about its shortcomings. Never once, did I think, “Roger (the main character) what are you doing?! That is so stupid!” something I find myself thinking all too frequently with some of today’s main characters. By the end, I found myself rooting wholeheartedly for it to work out for Roger (and his love interest Eve).
Something I thought was interesting was the portrayal of women in this movie. Being made in 1959 we did see good bit of sexism but it was also refreshing to see the Eve character being portrayed as such a strong and self-motivated woman. However, in the end, she still had to be saved by the main character. It brings to mind Robert Nozick’s time-slices, as described in his Entitlement Theory, and how this period could affect how people see sexism today, a modern example being the Wal-Mart law-suit. Even though sexism is becoming less of a problem (in my opinion), a history of it affects how people see it today.