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11-23-2012, 04:29 PM
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Hitchcock (2012), directed by Sacha Gervasi: A biopic of the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock during his creation of Psycho. Let's see, what doesn't go wrong with this flick? There is a ludicrous subplot of a fantasy relationship between Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and a serial killer. There is another useless subplot about Mrs. Hitchcock (Helen Mirren) considering having an affair that takes up way too much screen time. There is a complete absence of drama or suspense. Huge chunks of the script are banal, and none of the minor characters are believably developed. According to film historians, very little in the movie possesses even a glimmer of historical accuracy. Finally, to add insult to injury, a movie about a great director is directed without any hint of imagination or flair whatsoever. Hopkins, virtually unrecognizable, and Mirren do what they can with their characters but the best that can be said about their performances is that they acquit themselves like professionals. A thoroughly passionless exercise that never should have seen the light of day.

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