This is a middle-tier Hitchcock entry—neither a probing examination of marriage nor a brooding thriller wrapped in social commentary. The mystery simmers and simmers, then fizzles. The romantic elements are shallow while the ending makes the mounting suspense feel aimless in hindsight. Hitchcock certainly has a way with mise en scene, especially with interior sets.
Yeah, the ending might not be what Hitch (and everyone) wanted, but it's pretty effective. Just like in "The Lodger", nothing is really solved, we're still doubtful after the final scene. Also, loved that glass of milk.
It's a shame that sometimes Hitchcock's earliest films are overshadowed by the most popular ones. From all of his films I've watched this is definitely my favourite. It's constantly between happiness and despair, clarity and suspicion, and the audience really feels a part of the story. Hitchcock gives us space to take our conclusions but at the same time always living us in doubt. And Cary Grant feeds the suspanse!
[Spoiler] That wonderful mixture of suaveness and latent danger in Cary Grant almost come to glorious fruition in the climax of "Suspicion", before the cop-out explanation. But perhaps the suspicion of danger, a beautiful woman, a cliff and a fast car are enough to suggest what cannot be shown, as if Hitchcock knew that sometimes showing the ingredients for death are sufficient.
3.5/5. Usual Hitchcock's material : the beauty of troubled women, between fantasy and insecurity, romance and fear, closest to Marnie (shy woman with family issues). Hitchcock made a deep psychological love story between two difficult person in marriage but can't deny that the original story seems more pretty interesting issue to see, an irony that can be the best film about marriage.
First Fontaine abruptly falls in love with Grant, then the sudden ending. The plot doesn't exactly flow as smoothly as I would have liked. Feels like it could have been much better. Lead characters are great surely. Can't help loving Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant seems simple but capable of anything.