but they don't get significantly worse. Yes, De Palma's films are striking visually. Yes, his Hitchcock (whom I love!) homages are witty and give reason to watch his films more than once. Yes, De Palma is entertaining and full of style at all times.
That being said, time, maturity, and repeat viewings of de Palma's movies show the seams of his work more obviously. "Body Double" is a prime example; it is a film that has lost a star or two in my estimation of it over the years. It is high on style, and quite poetic at moments despite the sleazy elements on hand. All in all, however, it appears more superficial and simplistic on repeat viewings. Craig Wasson gives a terrible performance, while Melanie Griffith gives a thoroughly believable comic one. The Donnagio score is evocative of Bernard Herrmann, which is never a bad thing. The voyeuristic theme is both witty and sordid at once. Ultimately, the film is a mixed bag that de Palma fans will enjoy deconstructing.