Sheer glamour, with Kelly and Grant as the type of people you seldom meet in real life. It has the kitsch traveloguey feel of films of the era, and the big set-piece at the end is disappointing; by far the most interesting moment is Kelly's equation/come-on, as fireworks explode outside their darkened room, of theft with rape.
Grant, Kelly and the French Riviera are surely charming and pleasing to the eye, but for me, that's as far as this movie goes. Like some of the early British Hitchcock films, there is a liberating sense of being transported to a foreign land, but this one never goes back home. There is (what appears to be) Hitchcock's homage to "Les vampires."
3 1/2. The leads were great, the dialogue was juicy and the visuals were excellent. Starts to wear out its welcome 3/4 of the way in and the ending is a bit a whimper. You do get one of the best uses of fireworks in a film I've ever seen and a Sturgesesque last line of dialogue that will please most human beings.
Un Hitchcock davvero originale ci propone una storia raffinata che si avvicina più alla commedia che al thriller.Il suo punto di forza non è nella suspence o nell'intreccio(tipiche di Sir Alfred),ma nella favolosa ambientazione(certo la Costa Azzurra aiuta) in cui sono immersi i frizzanti dialoghi tra i due protagonisti. Hitchcock mostra la sua mano con dei luci-ombre eccezionali.Particolare,ma sempre notevole.4*
One of Hitchcock's trifles: even the characters seem to be having too much fun to bother moving the plot forward in any speedy or plausible way, and Hitchcock (perhaps wisely) trusts that you'll be too busy looking at the scenery and listening to the flirting to care. But Hitchcock made many trifles, and not all are as fun. Sadly, points are deducted for the scene where Cary Grant casually slaps a woman. 3 stars.
Incredibly predictable, but you don't watch something like this to be fooled or challenged, you watch something like this to pretend for an hour that you are as witty as the characters and to ride with them through the south of France to the inevitable conclusion. There may be better ways to spend the time, but relatively few are as fun.
The level of detail on the new Blu-ray is just staggering. It's honestly like looking through a window into the 1950's. As for the movie itself, I found it only mildly diverting. I like my Hitchcock protagonists to be psychologically tormented ("Vertigo," anyone?) so it's not a great surprise that the film failed to capture me. "To Catch a Thief" is as light as confetti...but at least as much fun to look at too.
Hitchcock takes a vacation and decides to shoot a film along the way. Sure, it's an effortless romp, charming and affable, full of great moments and a feeling of definite immersion (as we experience the caper as a co-conspirator), but it's also Hitchcock experimenting with form; using the script as an excuse to play with colours, sounds, light and movement.