A young newlywed arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death.
The film begins with subtle introductions into Maxim and Rebecca’s two main characters, played by Armie Hammer and Lily James, which transitions us to the spark of their relationship.
Next, we see their relationship grow, and as they become closer, the ghost of Maxim’s (not literal ghost) deceased wife starts to take a toll on their relationship.
In the meantime, I’d love to talk about the Clint Mansell score, which takes Rebecca to another level. Just this haunting, yet thriller-Esq score sends chills down your bones. It was an excellent addition to elevate the film.
Moving onto Mrs. Danvers, played by Kristen Scott Thomas, she was a remarkable antagonist in this. The role was that several times her words make you cringe and feel empathy for Rebecca. Some fantastic writing of this character.
After we learn more of what troubles Maxim, the movie takes a wild turn that showcases why Rebecca takes over the film and a snap of personality that was an insane change of pace of what we had seen from her so far.
Speaking of Lilly James, the writing again stands out within each character, but Rebecca’s writing is excellent, but this powerful and transforming performance leads Lily James. Once we hit the third act, James takes over this movie and never looks back.
Last, while the run time begins to overstay its welcome, we start to see the final touches put onto the film. I won’t reveal any details, but the third act really stands out and perfectly rounds out the film.
Lily James leads the charge with a phenomenal performance in Rebecca
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.