Hitchcock (2012) - review

Door Janreviews gepubliceerd op Saturday 19 March 15:15

Fifty-two years after "Psycho" was released to the public, a film about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous film premiered and that is "Hitchcock", starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the celebrated film director and his wife, Alma Reville.

The film has a brilliant start: Alfred Hitchcock (that is, Anthony Hopkins and about a pound of prosthetics) greets us, the way the actual Hitchcock did in his American TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", and plainly tells us about the startling scene the film started with. We saw Ed Gein, the infamous killer from Wisconsin, kill his brother in cold blood because he insulted their mother, which Hitchcock compares to the Biblical Cain and Abel.

After this introduction, we are introduced to Hitchcock's personality. He is stubborn, quick-witted and dominant. He reminded me of Steve Jobs (as portrayed by Michael Fassbender in "Steve Jobs") - I guess geniuses aren't exactly the people you want to be around for a whole day. 

Hitch has been looking for a new story to tell after his widely successful "North by Northwest", but he can't find one. He turns down multiple film proposals, such as "Casino Royale" - which would've made him the first director of a James Bond picture, and decides to start working on "Psycho", a new novel by Robert Bloch. 

Throughout the film, Hitch works on "Psycho" through many ups and downs and he grows suspicious of his wife's collaboration with a film writer. This suspicion leads to a brilliantly acted argument, which leaves Hitch speechless. 

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren have bad chemistry, which is good for this film, because Hitchcock's marriage to Alma was rocky while he was working on "Psycho". I dare to say that Mirren actually outshines Hopkins when it comes to acting. It really bothered me how Hopkins always tilted his head backwards when he spoke, giving us an eyeful of huge nostrils and dark gums - it doesn't interest me whether Hitchcock actually spoke like that, it was very off-putting! Mirren on the other hand displays more variety in her character: she looks very determined when she wants to direct a portion of the film, she's very happy when she is with the film director, she bites her tongue when her husband is being too proud or too rude and she is furious when Hitch accuses her of adultery.

Sadly, the last line of the actual film is awfully cheesy. I won't spoil it in this review, you have to smell the cheese for yourself. Spoiler: it smells awful. The film closes with Hitchcock addressing the viewers and telling them he is looking for a new story to tell. The next film he directed, which is brilliantly hinted at, will be the subject of a future review. 

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