I will take into consideration in this review that this movie was made and 1954 and released in 1955. Watching the special features after the movie helped to understand why this one did so well in its day and why it was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.
The story was interesting and the photography really was stunning. However, there were times in the storyline when we paused the DVD, looked at each other and said, "How did we just get from there to here?" So, there were leaps in the progression of the story where we just had to fill in the blanks. We also found the dialogue between John (Cary Grant) and Frances (Grace Kelly) to be choppy and unrealistic. People just don't talk that way to each other all the time. This probably was an attempt at including wit into the movie, but it was overdone.
I gave this 4 stars because of the advanced techniques that were used in the making of this movie. For the actual content itself, I would have given it a 3, but that's based on the comparison between what was produced then and now. We did appreciate learning from the special features that, at that time, there was a strict code of ethics and morality to be adhered to by movie makers which meant that the movies were a lot more "family friendly" than most of them are today. I find it sad that we can't still have that code in effect coupled with all the wonderful technology and special effects that go into movie making today.