Excerpt: Niagara is the film that began to imprint Marilyn Monroe into the American conscience as an icon. A glossy film noir shot in beautiful Technicolor, Monroe’s smoldering sensuality as a beautiful femme fatale is immediately apparent. Set in the popular honeymoon destination of Niagara Falls, the movie contrasts wedded bliss with a broken couple. Niagara is the quintessence of old Hollywood in 1953, a tightly crafted movie executed with precision and style.
Conclusion: Would Marilyn Monroe have attained stardom without 'Niagara'? Absolutely! But this slick, engrossing, impeccably appointed thriller hastened the process and provided the up-and-coming actress with a golden opportunity to literally and figuratively strut her stuff. Though some of the action is far-fetched, a couple of twists put a fresh spin on the film's familiar premise, and with Monroe and the breathtaking falls as eye candy, 'Niagara' keeps us engaged and, at times,...
Summary: The complete lack of special features is disappointing because Blu-ray releases of older movies are always an excellent chance to place the films in their proper historical perspective. (Especially when a fascinating figure like Marilyn Monroe is the star.
Conclusion: While not as widely acclaimed as some of her subsequent films, Niagara put Marilyn Monroe on the pop-culture map, establishing her platinum blonde screen siren image. The film feels a little quaint today—suggestive more than explicit, with twists that come precisely as expected—but the combination of Marilyn's steamy presence and Joseph MacDonald's gorgeous three-strip Technicolor cinematography makes Niagara a trip worth taking.