January 14, 2013
Movie Review: Hitchcock
I am a huge Hitchcock admirer. He was ahead of his time, a visionary, a master of suspense, driven, controversial, and his voice and diction are just as recognizable as they are hilarious. I don’t have a lot of spare time as I do five different things, so I don’t watch a lot of TV. But when I allow myself to I usually watch a biographical documentary to inspire me. I think I’ve seen every Hitchcock and Psycho documentary that exists and the story behind Psycho is one of innovative achievements.
So when I first learned that one of my favorite actors, Sir Anthony Hopkins, was going to play the role of Alfred Hitchcock I was very excited, after watching the film; I’m very pleased, I have actually watched it twice. The movie was entertaining and a perfect mixture of humor and drama. I also like the fact they chose Hopkins because there are many similarities between the two artists. Before I go into those similarities we first have to talk about Ed Gein.
In 1957 a deranged murderer, body snatcher (and other disturbing titles) Ed Gein, was arrested for two murders and several other creepy ass crimes. One cannot call Ed Gein a serial killer as he killed two people, but the heinous acts of what he did to these bodies would shake American culture forever. Murderers existed before Gein, killers existed, but never had the American culture seen so many twisted and heinous acts committed. I will spare you the details of what the authorities found searching Gein’s house. I won’t mention the dead skin masks he made, or the belt he made out of human nipples, or the four noses, or human skulls around his bed, or how on his window shade he had a pair of lips at the end of the drawstring.
These body parts he not only got from his two victims but from several corpses that he had dug up.
So if you were disturbed just reading about the crimes and deranged behavior of Ed Gein, imagine how people felt in 1957. Alfred Hitchcock and Anthony Hopkins both have a connection to Ed Gein. The story of “The Mad Butcher” Ed Gein would go on to be the inspiration of three fictional serial killers in this order; Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Both Hitchcock and Silence were the highest crowning achievements of both artists’ vast and stellar careers. Alfred Hitchcock created one of the most remarkable horror movies of all time, Anthony Hopkins brought one of the most remarkable horror characters to life in one of the best modern day horror films, so how apropos that Hopkins play Hitchcock.
From the very beginning scene you get the feeling right away that you’re going to love this movie, and it doesn’t go away. The film keeps a good pace and holds the viewers attention. Overall Hopkins did a phenomenal job playing the master of suspense. There were times I felt that more of Hopkins came out than Hitchcock in a scene or two, but overall he was outstanding. If you’re a Hitchcock fan or a movie buff, you should see this movie. It has it all, intrigue, humor, drama, and an inspirational story.
“I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.” – Alfred Hitchcock