If you love circuses, good for you. This Best Picture winner is way too long and has way too much circus, and when the characters actually talk to each other it’s even worse.
Jimmy Stewart becomes obsessed with watching his neighbors live their lives through his window, and maybe we do too.
The ultimate feel-good movie, or harrowing exercise in existential angst? Possibly both.
If Frank Capra’s particular brand of idealistic American mythmaking feels dated today, that may be more our problem than his.
Perhaps Hitchcock’s weirdest, most dream-like film, it makes no sense, but it also might be perfect.
The sheer star power and charm of Hepburn, Grant, and Stewart still shines through 80 years later.