The idea of nature fighting back is expressed within the film, with possible indications of global warming and an even stronger emphasise on the female species relating to Harpys and Sirens. That women are unpredictable and 'sharp natured'. Subtle hints include the finger nails and red lips, relates to beaks and claws. Variety observes, 'The premise is fascinating. The idea of billions of bird-brains refusing to eat crow any longer and adopting the hunt-and-peck system, with homo sapiens as their ornithological target, is fraught with potential. Cinematically, Hitchcock & Co have done a masterful job of meeting this formidable challenge. But dramatically, The Birds is little more than a shocker-for shock's-sake.' (Variety 2007) Variety applauds Hitchcock's triumph cinematically and also the success of the unexplained yet somewhat believable plot line.
Tom Milne suggests, 'Full of subterranean hints as to the ways in which people cage each other, it's fierce and Freudian as well as great cinematic fun, with ample fodder for the amateur psychologist following up on Hitch's tortuous involvement with his leading ladies.' (Milne 2006) Milne observes the underlying context Hitchcock subtly depicts within the film, through the link between red figure nails and the birds claws. Another key ingredient Milne has picked up upon is the way in which Hitchcock portrays his female protagonists.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Hitchcock, Alfred (1963) The Birds Movie Poster. At: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c0/The_Birds_original_poster.jpg (Accessed on:21/2/12)
Figure 2. Hitchcock, Alfred (1963) Mitch (Rod Taylor) and Melanie (Tippi Hedren). At: http://img5.imagebanana.com/img/1k0vthhc/The.Birds.1963_720p.HDTV.x264_aac.en.PNG (Accessed on:21/2/12)
Figure 3. Hitchcock, Alfred (1963) Attack on the school children. At: http://vintage45.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/hitchthebirds.jpg (Accessed on:21/2/12)
Empire Kim Newman (2007) The Birds. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?FID=16934 (Accessed on:21/2/12)
Variety (2007) The Birds. At: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117789283?refcatid=31 (Accessed on:21/2/12)
Tom Milne (2006) The Birds (1963). At: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/67850/the_birds.html (Accessed on:21/2/12)