Shadow of a Doubt vs. An Education



Schoolgirls, older men, both sexual predators, but very different approaches. An Education is a story of empowerment through experience. A girl becomes a woman by making mistakes. It's a diversion with heartbreak, but she finds out what she truly wants in the process. A lot of praise has been heaped on Carey Mulligan, but the rest of the case are oustanding including Peter Saarsgard. In Shadow of a Doubt, the older man is a lot less charming and more threatening. He also happens to be related. What he can't have, he'll take - and of course it all ends badly. Menace seems to absent from An Education, which I don't like and Jenny seems self-assured from the start. Shadow of a Doubt wins. Just.

I saved An Education until the end when I watched all of the Oscar nominees because I did not think that I would like it. It turns out that It was one of the better of the 10. Carey Mulligan did an amazing job and I can't wait to see her in more movie in the future. That being said, I am a big Hitchcock fan. Joseph Cotten does a fantastic job as the creepy Uncle Charlie and I believe it is one of Hitch's easiest films to get into.

Is it weird that I actually am less creeped out by Joseph Cotten's Uncle Charlie than I am by Peter Saarsgard's David? An Education is great, particularly the cast, but Shadow of a Doubt is one of my all-time favorites.