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Hitchcock biopic sadly underwhelms

By Jago Kosolosky 

You probably have never heard of Sacha Gervasi, the director of Hitchcock. The most interesting thing that can be said about the man is the fact that he once was the drummer for the rockband, Bush. Besides The Terminal, a movie that was saved from oblivion by Tom Hanks, Gervasi’s record is pretty slim.

Unfortunately Hitchcock seems to be going in the same direction as Gervasi’s last blockbuster. This time Anthony Hopkins is given the honour of being the star actor and indeed, he succeeds in portraying a wonderful Alfred Hitchcock. So far the master director and father of movie classics such as Psycho and Strangers On A Train can rest in peace because of Hopkins’ performance.

Hitchcock could have been a wonderful movie but for some dismal casting decisions, such as Jessica Biel, and a sloppy script.The script reduced Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the book on which the movie was based, to just another romcom.

Hitchcock allegedly tells us the story of the birth of Psycho, the film based on the eponymous and brilliant book written by Robert Bloch and published in 1959, one year before the movie made it to the theatres. Although there is a lot of speculation on whether or not Norman Bates, the main character, was based on Ed Gein, a notorious murderer with a certain fondness of corpses, the movie unfortunately oversimplifies the analogy.

The interwoven stories of Gein and Bates in Hitchcock is an original choice brought to the screen in a wonderful fashion but unfortunately this feature is not expanded sufficiently.

On the whole, the spectator will see a movie that could have been a more worthy tribute to the genius Hitchcock was.


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