The Conundrum

Uneasiness and thrill— two words that would actually explain the ambiance of this movie. Two words that would describe what I felt while watching this film. This film is a conundrum, an endless mystery. A mystery that will keep on haunting you until the last second of the movie.

Marion Crane, a beautiful and young Phoenix office-worker, is so fed up with all the trials life has put her through. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam is paying for his alimony. One day, Marion’s employer trusted her to deposit an amount of $40,000. With this, she saw the chance to take away the money and start a new life. Marion, with the money, left the town and headed towards Sam’s California store but she was caught in a heavy rain so she decided to stop over The Bates Motel. The said motel is managed by a quiet and mysterious young man named Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.

This film is majestically created. I have to commend Hitchcock for creating such wonderful masterpiece. This film showed impressive beauty and dignity. Also, in line with the great directing skills of Hitchcock, go the exemplary acting skills of the characters that gave justice to the story. Every line stated made an impact to each and every one of us. Every message was portrayed well enough for us to feel the emotions of the characters. The transition of the story is also made in a developing way in a manner that no loopholes are present and continuity is evident in the film. I have to commend the fact that no unnecessary scenes are found in the film. Each scene could actually be considered crucial and very important in the process of knowing the secret behind the mystery.

In my opinion, no word or statement could ever describe our feelings and experience as we first watched “Psycho”. We were so unsure of what we were about to witness. The feeling of eagerness was present in us, asking one moment at a time of what is going to happen next. The objective of the story which is to create a thrilling film that would surprise and haunt every audience was really achieved. Also, Hitchcock’s goal of drawing the audience right into the situation instead of just merely making them watch the film has been successfully imposed. Watching “Psycho” is like being in the journey with the characters, feeling every nervousness, anxiousness, uneasiness and thrill that the movie has to offer. Hitchcock also stated that this film was intended to be a black comedy, which I think was lived up in the murder scene of the detective and other scenes involving the mother domination of Norman.

I also appreciate the quality of the film. Every little detail has a significance and symbol in the film. Also, the chosen soundtrack was amazing. It was the perfect soundtrack for the movie. It gives the audience an added thrill. Just merely listening to the soundtrack gives extreme nervousness and uneasiness to us as audience. The production design of the old house on the hill where the eccentric Norman Bates lived is also known for its nightmarish effect.

All I could ever give this film are tons and tons of compliments and praise. I can say that everyone who loves mysteries and thrills should watch this film. Though, I must say that adults who suffer from heart ailment should not watch this film because this film would seriously give you a heart attack.


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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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