A movie review of “Wild Canaries”: This detective comedy is a semi-remake of the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window.” Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine star. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
Cute or presumptuous? It’s your call where “Wild Canaries” is concerned.
If you’re fond of Alfred Hitchcock imitations, you may enjoy this clever semi-remake of the 1954 classic “Rear Window,” set in Brooklyn in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
If, on the other hand, you’re of the opinion that any reboot is a scandal, you may want to stay away from this low-budget riff on Hitch’s tale of a disabled man, his inquisitive girlfriend and their attempts to thwart an alleged murderer.
Movie Review ★★½
‘Wild Canaries,’ with Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine. Written and directed by Levine. 99 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains rough language). Northwest Film Forum, through Thursday.
Lawrence Michael Levine, in the Jimmy Stewart role, has his moments. So does his off-screen wife, Sophia Takal, in the Grace Kelly part. Together they achieve a Nick-and-Nora chemistry that makes the early scenes easy to like; their bickering is especially inspired.
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But as a husband-and-wife filmmaking team, Levine and Takal often seem more frantic than necessary. As the subplots thicken, and the couple gets more involved in her possibly crazy schemes, the movie threatens to derail.
Again, it’s your call. It may depend on how much you revere Hitchcock, and how seriously you take a substitute. And how much you miss Stewart and Kelly.