Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director in 'Hitchcock': movie review
Anthony Hopkins does a reasonably good impression of the director, but it's a tough job to take on.
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Alfred Hitchcock has been having rather a hard time of it lately. First there was the HBO movie â€śThe Girl,â€ť with Toby Jones playing the Master of Suspense as a blonde-obsessed boor. Now thereâ€™s â€śHitchcock,â€ť with Anthony Hopkins playing the title role as a blobby crank. Heâ€™s still somewhat blonde-obsessed, but mostly heâ€™s wound into knots about the filming of â€śPsychoâ€ť and the possible dalliance of his wife and closest collaborator Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).
Hopkins has been fitted out prosthetically to resemble Hitchcock and he does a reasonably good job of impersonating him, but itâ€™s a foredoomed effort. Mirren has the easier time of it; Reville was actually around five feet tall and looked nothing like this lanky, eternally sexy actress.
The film, directed by Sacha Gervasi from a script by John J. McLaughlin, cooks up standard-issue marital conflicts between Hitch and Alma, and we donâ€™t get much insight into the directorâ€™s artistry either. Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, and she has the best line about the famously stubborn genius, telling a co-worker, â€ścompared to Orson Welles, heâ€™s a sweetheart.â€ť Grade: C (Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, and thematic material.)