- Roman Polanski
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Monday, June 18, 2001
Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy (John Cassavetes) are a happily-married couple who have just moved to an old apartment where they settle down. They soon befriend their closest neighbors (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon). Everything seems to be perfectly normal until Rosemary gets pregnant and starts suspecting there’s something weird with her and her surroundings. Is Rosemary just nervous, or is there really a diabolical plan going on without her knowledge?
That’s exactly the question that sets this movie in motion. Why are strange things happening? Can she trust anyone? Is her baby safe? The movie’s shocking power comes from the fact that everyone in the movie looks as common as your own neighbors. But wait, maybe they are common people. Is that strange dream she had any real? Was it just a dream?
Well, we don’t know either. The way the movie is written shows us everything form the point of view of Rosemary. It actually sends chills down our spine, as we come to understand her paranoia and fear for her safety as the movie evolves. Rosemary’s Baby is the masterpiece it is because of the way suspense is used. The movie is a psychological journey through the head of Rosemary, and it is done to perfection. The way she slowly goes from sanity to apparent madness is quite disturbing. And the movie doesn’t only play with its premise, but also with our own minds. Things are not always what they seem.
I won’t say anything about the ending except that it is brilliant. As a matter of fact, the last 20 minutes or so are almost unbearable to watch. The tension rises to a degree difficult to describe. And that last moments.... I have no words. Pure genius.
When I saw the movie I was a victim of too much information for my taste. I had read the comments on the DVD box and realized that they said more than I wanted to know. Then, after I saw the movie, I went on to read quite a few reviews and I noticed how in each and everyone of them the plot was described giving away some final revelations. I don’t get it. I would recommend if you haven’t seen it, to wait until after you see it to read about it. Live the experience without knowing anything at all!
About the performances I don’t have anything but kind words. Mia Farrow is perfect as Rosemary. She is so fragile but strong at the same time. Mia captures that spirit perfectly. The way Rosemary changes throughout the movie ‘till the last scenes is impressively well-performed by an actress who saw this as the role she’ll always be remembered for. John Cassavetes is equally good as his loving but mysterious husband. But it is Ruth Gordon who almost steals the film as their seemingly normal but too nosy next-door neighbor. She’s fabulous.
Roman Polanski did a masterful job with this movie. If there is any genius behind it all it’s him. Even Hitchcock must have been proud. He handles the tension and character development with a master’s touch.
Aided by a superb production design and impressive photography, Rosemary’s Baby’s a classic. No more, no less.
“This is not a dream! This is really happening!”
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