Rosemary’s Baby is directed by Roman Polanski and stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer. It is a story about a couple who move into a new apartment and decide to make an attempt at having a child. But over the peculiar neighbors and odd timing of the pregnancy, our main character becomes very paranoid over the legitimacy of her child. Made back in 1968 this movie sure does push the boundaries of what it could get away with, of course if I were to live in the late 60s.
At two hours and 16 minutes, this movie sure does take its time introducing us to the characters and its main conflict. And if a film were unnecessarily slow, then I would knock it for that, but in the case of Rosemary’s Baby, if it were to move any faster than the set pace, we would not have the great movie we do have. Rosemary’s Baby is the type of movie I enjoy watching. I personally love to see a character built up and then presented with a situation that tears them apart until they are completely broken. A modern example of this would be The Babadook. And Rosemary’s Baby also does this very well, it holds up so well that I wouldn’t know it’s a 60s film if I didn’t know the date it was made.
Rosemary’s Baby almost feels like a Christopher Nolan film at times, with both the tightness of the script and the actions of the characters are given a reason why (and not because of complexity). It really helps solidify the narrative to an enjoyable movie, for both avid film goers and normal audiences alike. Rosemary’s Baby also presents the audience with a situation that we don’t entirely know if it is legit or not. And the rest of the movie is set on trying to answer the question of, did it really happen or not. But instead of showing the clear truth to the matter as the film continues, the movie creates more dissonance and conflict between the two sides to a point where we don’t know if Rosemary is just paranoid or if she’s actually right.
I touched on this earlier, but this movie doesn’t feel like a 60s movie. At first it does, the acting is like what you would expect from a film from the 60s. But once the movie gets going, the acting and dialogue exchange between the characters is fast moving giving it a modern feel. This helps the movie age very well I think. Especially the character of Rosemary, played amazingly by Mia Farrow.
This is one of those near perfect movies for me, I have no problem with the script or the acting. This film holds up very well, it may not be as controversial than what it probably was back when it was released. But that doesn’t change the fact that it presents the audience with a message to really get the audience to think and learn a lesson. The only problem I can have, which is getting into nitpicking territory and isn’t that big of a deal, is the pacing. It really isn’t that big of a deal, but there are times where the film will speed up and get interesting then slow down a little bit. The opening is a true testament to this. The first act is very long and takes a while to build its world and characters. But the problem is, the film needs to take its time otherwise it wouldn’t be nearly as believable I feel.
I cannot express enough how good of a movie this is, it does a very good job at presenting the audience with an intriguing situation with enough mystery to show the decline of the main character as the deadline for the baby grows closer. And as time goes on, the more paranoid she gets. It’s an impressive film. This is one of those movies where when I first finished it I simultaneously wanted to see more and felt very satisfied with that I was given in the end. The movie had my interest for its entire runtime. I’m not a huge fan of slow movies, and it wouldn’t be one that I could watch often, but it is definitely one I hold dear to my heart. Rosemary’s Baby is an all-around fantastic and very good film. I’m giving it a 9/10.