Ooo What fun! A film from that lovely time in cinema when films could be fun, star studded & made with care and quality. While the crime caper plot and cheeky script are gleefully reminiscent of Hitchcock, the film's real strength is in its leading duo. The iconic forces of Hepburn & Grant going head to head is joyous viewing as the two bounce off each other without missing a beat. Charade is good old fashioned fun.
Poor man's Hitchcock? Rubbish! Might as well complain that your excellent Bordeaux isn't an equally excellent Chablis. It borrows the exciting chases through tunnels and the big reveal - which is a genuine surprise - but it's real charm lies in the zest and vim of two lead performances which fizz naughtily and establish the film's difference from Hitchcock. Also fab to see 60s Paris Metro details in colour.
An amusing and intriguing thriller with plenty of surprises and twists that are balanced with fresh romantic chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and a twisted plot that keeps you excited and awaiting what more deceptions and double crosses await in a film where charades are the biggest game.