Splendid, marvelous, delightful. I have watched a lot of biopics lately, it must be a trend. Among all of them, Hitchcock was the only one that was gripping enough. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren kept it interesting. Unfortunately these that didn’t make my review had one common problem: none of them interested me enough to sit the two hours without googled and found out the true characters’ lives and the stories behind the movies. Namely:
Behind the Candelabra(TV-2013) : still not sold on Michael Douglas being the flamboyant Liberace. Unlike, Sean Penn in Milk , Douglas just couldn’t relent his natural instinct. Same go for Matt Damon‘s Scott Thorson. In other words, they were just not campy enough!! SKIP
Burton and Taylor (BBC-2013): Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West did successfully convey the love between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and how they understood each other, and praised each other in the most abusive ways, but Carter and West just didn’t have that on-screen sparks that was desperately needed. It was like reading a factual biography, than a juicy, colourfully crafted fiction. Nonetheless, it brought one aspect of Taylor and Burton’s tumultuous relationship. SKIP
Let’s get back to Hitchcock. The story was based on the time Hitchcock was self-financing and directing the picture, now a classic, Psycho (1960). So it was banking on our familiarity with many famous scenes in Psycho, and used them to enhance the main story; that was the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville.
Gradually I accepted Hopkins morphed with prosthetic’s Hitchcock. The beauty of the film lied between the chemistry between Mirren and Hopkins, i.e., their truly great performances. Another mismatched like the one between West and Carter would have killed this film. I also liked the suspense between Alma and her best friend that seemed to have sparked the obsession for Hitchcock to make this film. I have been seeing fair bit of Scarlett Johansson‘s movies lately, and I must say, she is becoming one of my favourites. She made a convincing Janet Leigh, and Johansson’s shower scene with Hitchcock’s slashing at her might rival the original’s in the scare-0-meter!
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WATCH…I also learned about the censorship process in the 60’s.