North by Northwest

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I try not to imagine a time when Cary Grant isn’t wearing a suit, and thankfully North by Northwest didn’t make me. It’s really quite hard to think of anyone as charming and dashing as Cary Grant, which is probably why he first choice for James Bond in the movie Dr. No. Any movie with him is wonderful, so obviously North by Northwest was great.

So basically North by Northwest, is about an average joe named Roger Thornhill (played by Grant), who is mistaken as a government spy by a secret organization determined to reveal the governments secrets. Grant soon meets a beautiful young woman (don’t they always?) who is not all that she seems. A multitude of plot twists follow, because this is a Alfred Hitchcock movie.

I would personally love to be in a Cary Grant movie. First you get to be in a movie with Cary Grant, and then you get to look like this

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and it’s immortalized forever, how do you even get your hair that shinny?

And then you get to do super impressive things, like climbing down a mountain in heels, I really can’t even fathom that. I’m still mesmerized when people run for extended periods of time in heels, so this was probably the most impressive stunt of the movie. Keeping in mind that Cary Grant dove under a plane as it shot him.

While the leading lady was everything she ought to be, I was a little perplexed by his mother. Aren’t mothers supposed to be older than their offspring? Grant’s mother looked like she could be his wife, and that is pretty unsettling.

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It could be do to the fact that she was only 8 years older in real life. She could barely babysit him, and she supposedly gave birth to him?

The movie is truly entertaining and does not take itself too seriously, which is always wonderful. It has a ton of twists and turns that you really don’t see coming (or maybe I’m just less observant than I thought). And having Cary Grant in a tie the entire time only makes it better.

Rating: 5 out of 5 times Cary Grant looked amazing in a suit

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