The sly Hitchcock made this chiller all the more frightening by having his crafty homicidal maniac intrude into the tranquility of a warm, middle-class family living in a small town, deeply developing his characters and drawing from the soft-spoken Joseph Cotten one of the actor's most remarkable and fascinating performances.
'Shadow of a Doubt' is a masterpiece. It continues to be well understood and enjoyed in both the present and the future because of its smart characters and script. I'm not exaggerating, this film is home to, quite possibly, the smartest female lead character at the time of its release. This is just one of many parts that make 'Shadow of a Doubt' so brilliant because when all is said and done, this film was a game changer. Many Thrillers since have been inspired by its modern writing, pacing, and cinematography. It is such a pleasure to watch these film elements unfold because I had fun comparing some scenes from the film with the future films it inspired. Whenever Hitchcock was asked in interviews, 'What is your favourite film from your filmography?' His response was "Shadow of a Doubt". It was certainly a damn fine choice.
Hitchcock deftly etches his small-town characters and homey surroundings. Wright provides a sincere and persuasive portrayal as the girl, while Cotten is excellent as the motivating factor in the proceedings.
This is a slow burner of a film - the plot development gets quite good towards the end. there is a certain plausability about it, which is a little spooky I suppose. Its a typical film noir film, with frustratingly over the top incidental music at times but I liked the character development and as a Hitchcock film, it's not bad, particularly with the plot twists but its not entirely gripping I suppose. It's not a bad film and so I'd recommend it, yes.