I've watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds numerous times, but in my last viewing of this classic, I've discovered something spiritual within this suspense thriller.
The Birds tells the story of Melanie Daniels as she travels to Bodega Bay and is inexplicably attacked by a seagull.
Suddenly, thousands of birds begin to flock into the island town and begin to prey on the residents in a terrifying series of attacks.
In multiple scenes within the home Melanie is staying at, the birds (Crows and Seagulls) find their way inside the house to do some damage and prey on the family. But the one constant that remains unharmed are two caged Love Birds.
At the end of the film when the family survives the latest attack, they find themselves needing to escape quickly before another attack occurs. With hundreds of birds outside the house waiting patiently until they feel the urge to attack yet again, I know..crazy story but bear with me, the family decides to make a quick getaway. They move ever so slowly out the front door as they try to make it to the parked car in front of the house. The young girl Cathy asks her big brother if she could take her Love Birds with, as she comments,"They never hurt anyone".
The final scene shows the family driving away with the Love Birds sitting in their cage upon the backseat. The birds sit there content and at peace.
Alfred Hitchcock was not only so good at bringing suspenseful stories to us, but in some subtle way his stories had a message.
What I believe he was driving at here by showing the Love Birds at peace in that final scene, was to give us the perspective that love conquers all.
Let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. (1 John 3:18)