The 39 Steps is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies so I'm kind of conflicted! Of course, Edward Berger is great and BC, too so I am sure they will do something original and not another Netflix's Rebecca!
Another con, the story is kind of similar to Rogue Male.
Yes, it sounds like a modern version. The movie is just a very fun ride in a very Hitchcockian way, of course. Some of the plot probably would be silly in a modern "serious" version.
I read the first chapter of the novel and apart of the antisemitism, I noticed that Hitchcock changed the sex of the character that triggers the plot! It's interesting because even when the movie isn't explicit there is some sexual tension between her and the protagonist and it kind of sounds more logic that a lonely man invites a probably dangerous stranger to his apartment if he is attracted to her than "hey! that little man there that behaves like a madman and is telling me he has a corpse in his room seems fun and trusthworty, I totally should let him hide in my place!" Lol
I remember there was a thriller some years ago with Jodie Foster that supposedly was based in The Lady Vanishes. Another very enjoyable and uncomplicated British film directed by Hitchcock. It was much more serious and the plot was almost unrecognisable! Foster didn't lost an old lady friend that she just met but her own daughter! In both cases, people tried to convince the protagonist that the other person never existed and that she is basically mad! Also they changed the train for a plane.
EDITED I checked and the Jodie Foster movie was called Fightplane. Apparently wasn't very well received because the plot becomes silly at the end. You could said the same about Hitchcock's but the tone was very different! Again the modern film was serious! Also it was Hitchcock!
Anyway, this made laugh,
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants called for an official boycott of Flightplan, which they say depicts flight attendants as rude, uncaring, indifferent, and even one as a "terrorist."
I wonder if someone moaned about train personnel being rude and one of them was working for the nazis in the 1930s version! Lol
I saw Flightplan when it came out, and it was another Jodie-Foster-in-peril movie. It should have been a good, but it really wasn’t. I didn’t realize that it was a remake of an old Hitchcock movie. One of the problems I had with it was that they want us to experience what happens from JF’s point of view - her daughter has vanished from the plane and nobody believes her. But they also made her character the person who designed the plane (or something like that) so she’s not like you or me at all. She’s a brilliant genius who has to figure out all by herself what happened to her daughter. There was something a bit off about the whole thing.
I think the premise is great and pretty unnerving in both films. It's proper gaslighting before gaslighting, the now over used term, was a thing! Imagine being in that situation in which you know or sure that someone was there and existed but everyone around you tell you that you are just a crazy woman! Wow!
But yeah, she being the designer of the plane and basically a superwoman was silly. I didnt remembered that! I watched it at the time, too but I don't remember too much apart that the premise was from The Lady Vanishes.
I'm reading comments and surprisingly they are overwhelming positive even when it sounds like it's a remake of a classical film (they said it's based in the book). Someone for whatever reason said he is wrong for the part. That's so silly! He is perfect! Probably too perfect if that exists! Lol There were also a pair of extremely dumb comments on TV Line by people worried that Hollywood is doing movies about conspiracies when there a lot of people obsessed with them in the world! *Facepalm*
I also read a comment complaining about “another remake” .
My only complaint: if he has time to do this, why can’t he fit in another season of Sherlock? Or maybe he is doing Sherlock first and keeping it a secret from us! (I don’t care - I’m going to keep hoping!)