Rebecca Review: Netflix movie establishes Armie and Lily as Hollywood icons ★★★★

New Netflix original movie Rebecca is the retelling of the classic novel.

After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) 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 (Kristin Scott Thomas). Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire) and produced by Working Title Films (Emma, Darkest Hour), REBECCA is a mesmerising and gorgeously rendered psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel.

Armie and Lily James Rebecca behind the scenes

Wheatley’s vision and attention to detail is paramount here, lovingly working with the gothic genre to deliver what is a contemporary but beautifully classic film.

Hammer is at this best here, as the brooding Maxim de Winter. His stature and classical Hollywood presence are paramount, especially in the early scenes in Monte Carlo, which are matched by a classical score and hazy sunshine. Rebecca proves he can carry a film as the leading man and does so with the same kind of stature Carrie Grant gave us in the 30’s.

Lily James also oozes classic Hollywood charm as the female lead, depicting de Winter’s new love with much style and authenticty.

Kristin Scott Thomas is also at her best in Rebecca and looks like she’s having the time of her life bringing the sinister Mrs Danvers to life.

It’s great to see that Netflix can deliver a classic novel like this as well as its action films and sci-fi stories. Rebecca is released perfectly in time for Autumn, as the dark nights drawer in, you’re going to want to chill out and immerse yourself in this satisfyingly dark tale.

More of this kind of thing please, Netflix.

Rebecca is available to stream via Netflix, now.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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