Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Film Review

Rosemary’s Baby is the story of Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and Guy (John Cassavettes), a young couple who just moved into a New York City apartment. They have two elderly neighbors who appear to be friendly but a bit too friendly, Minnie (Ruth Gordon) and Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer). Rosemary eventually gets pregnant after they try to and this leads to the hysteria of the film as she can’t trust anyone around her. She hasn’t an idea of what is going on, who has done what to her, or who’s side anyone is on. It’s complete confusion for her. It’s hard to completely describe this film without giving things away, so that’s about all I’ll talk about plot wise.

The wonderful thing about this movie is you feel like Rosemary’s character, you have no idea what the truth is, who the people around her are for sure, and up until the very end, you still aren’t. The movie will make you think one way and then completely flip it the other way around. It isn’t so much a horror movie as it is a psychological thriller depicting hysteria of witchcraft and what’s real or isn’t. And it works is the amazing part, many times films like this where they try to keep you guessing are unsuccessful where as I found this one to work nearly all of the time.


Sometimes though, Rosemary is much too naïve, it can be a bit much but it’s a kind of a suspension of disbelief thing where it needs to be there for the plot to progress although, Mia Farrow does a good job of playing it as well as playing hysterics. The movie is well-shot especially the simple opening credits sequence with the haunting music played over it. In addition, the ending was an interesting one, it will leave you thinking, and it left me unsure of what to think but I think I liked the way it ended because it wasn’t the thing I expected which made it more interesting. Overall, this is a unique film especially considering I went into it thinking it would be Exorcist/Possession esque movie but its more of smart movie about who/what to believe.

4.5/5 stars.


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