charade01 Jan 2006
I admit that the only reason I wanted to see Charade was because of Henry Mancini’s phenomenal theme for the movie, but I am glad I saw it, because I really enjoyed it. Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant pair up in this odd little murder/money mystery. It starts off a bit slow, but it quickly sucks you in as the plot starts to twist and turn. The chemistry between Hepburn and Grant is interesting.. Grant’s gruff demeanor makes for a cute combination with Hepburn’s character, who by all accounts is basically a giant dumbass.
The copy we got from Netflix was the Criterion edition, and the transfer seemed pretty well done, as far as I can tell. There’s a copy of the original trailer on it, too. I am always amused by how long trailers were for older movies – I turned it off halfway through (after we had already watched the movie) because it felt like it was re-hashing the entire movie again. Anyways, all in all I loved it, and I can see why it’s considered a classic. The Mancini doesn’t hurt either.