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Review Body Double (1984): A Brian De Palma classic!

genre: thriller

Body Double is a film I have watched several times now but never got around to write a review about it. Not because I didn't like it. I actually do. It's a fun play on Hitchcock's Rear Window, Vertigo and if I am not mistaken also can be seen as a satire on Hollywood and the people in it. There is a lot in there if you allow yourself to be open for it.

And I fully am. There are quite a few things that work for me. The style, the cinematography, the music, the energy and last but not least, the 80s. No matter where you look, you are confronted with the 80S in all its glory and sleaziness. It's simply marvellous. Honestly, that alone probably would have been enough. The culmination of this is demonstrated in the music video of Relax from Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Not something you expect in a serious film, yet it plays an essential part in the film. But on top of that, we are presented a mystery that puts you on this thrill ride full of twists and turns. Granted, some of the twists are open for interpretation but doesn't matter much since like in most films, it's the journey that counts.

Melanie Griffith (as Holly) makes quite the impact with probably one of her best roles ever. She is so sexy and beautiful in this. You don't exactly trust here, but at the same time, you do want to trust her real badly. She is a professional but has something endearing and touching about her.Craig Wasson was also a revelation. He is no big name and didn't become big even if he should be. A lot happens to his character bordering to the fantastic, but even then he manages to make you root for him all the way. Sometimes, he acts too shady and obsessive, which isn't healthy. At times, he is a real sleaze bag and pervert. He blatantly is using Holly to get closer to Gloria played by Deborah Shelton. But you go with it. Because, just like him, you want to get to the bottom of things.

The ending might be a little underwhelming, or perhaps even a bit too comedic. Still, since the whole film seems to be a satire on Hollywood, it kind of makes sense. I will leave it for now, but you can rest assured I am going to watch this in future a couple of times more to see if there is even more to this than is presented initially. Overall, Body Double is a feast for the senses and a must-watch for sure.

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