A 666-Character Review Of ‘Rosemary’s Baby (1968)’

Rosemary moves to an old but rich apartment with her husband with eccentric, older neighbors. When she becomes pregnant under suspicious circumstances, she’s not allowed to make decisions for herself. Her husband and her neighbors systematically remove anyone who opposes them while manipulating her in a variety of ways. Trying to get help from others doesn’t work because the people end up dead or call her husband. While she seems crazy at times, she should be able to make decisions for herself. I became incredibly frustrated watching her treated like a child. The most frightening part for me is Rosemary’s helplessness and lack of autonomy. The music and surreal dream sequences give the film an undercurrent of dread. Rosemary’s Baby is a subtle, chilling film that gets under your skin.

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Elizabeth Talbott

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