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Hitchcock Review (2012) – You may call me Hitch. Hold the cock!

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Category: Drama / Biography
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette
Duration: 98 min
Rated: PG-13

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Psycho (1960), The Girl (2012)

The story in one sentence: An inside on the making of the movie Psycho and the problems that came along with it.

Storyline: Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is a celebrated British filmmaker but is known to be very eccentric and difficult to work with. His wife Alma (Helen Mirren) supports him and tolerates his silent obessessions with the leading ladies of his movies. When he comes up with the idea for a thriller that would enter new territories and reveals more than any film maker has ever dared to show, he is not only struggling in convincing the film studio to release the movie but his marriage is put to the test as well.

My review: In my oppinion everyone should know about Alfred Hitchcock for he was the first filmmaker who was brave enough to showe nudity and “graphic violence”, and set the tone for what a decent psychological thriller should look like. The biography Hitchcock explains how Hitchcock created the controversial movie Psycho, which turned out to be the biggest success of his career. What’s interesting about the movie is that it does not only tell the story about Hitchcock or how Psycho was made, it also tells the story of his wife Alma, a very strong woman, who was in Hitchcock’s shadow for over 30 years. But what we may not know is that she was a writer herself. She also was the final critic of Hitchchock’s movies and helped him editing. It is almost like the audience gets to see a movie about creating a movie while rebuidling a broken relationship. We get an inside on how a movie was made back in the 60s. While Hollywood uses a green screen today that can be changed into any bachground, they used a regular screen and played a pretaped background scene.
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are two of the best actors of their generation and played their role perfectly and were very convincing. The way Anthony Hopkins moves, stands and talks is 100% Alfred Hitchchock; after the movie I watched an Interview with the real Hitchcock and I didn’t see any difference. I was amazed by the story, all the background information, and the acting performance, and it didn’t get old or boring. With 98 minutes the movie had the perfect length. I also liked the end scene which gives you a hint and what his next movie was going to be. It was also good to see Toni Collette (known for the TV-Show United States of Tara) back on the screen.Hitchock is a very intimate portrait about a strange man and his strong and supportive wife.

Favorite Lines: “You may call me Hitch. Hold the cock!”, “She won’t be nude. She will be wearing a showed cap.”

My rating: 8/10

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