“The scenery is spectacular in “Rebecca,” and that’s not even counting stars Lily James and Armie Hammer. Yet this faithful, pretty-but-uninspired adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel doesn’t breathe fresh life into the classic, much less eclipse the 1940 Laurence Olivier-Joan Fontaine version that garnered Alfred Hitchcock’s lone best-picture Oscar.
“Those years produced a lot of florid, macabre romances with literary underpinnings etched in black-and-white memories, among them “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights.”
“The remakes draw inevitable comparisons, and in the case of “Rebecca” — which premieres on Netflix amid its year-end prestige push — inevitable speculation about whether de Winter is coming to make its claim for awards consideration.”
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