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Good Luck Anthony Hopkins

February 15, 2013

I haven’t seen the film about Alfred Hitchcock with the “Oscar nominated” performance by Anthony Hopkins yet. I shall wait for it to come on the telly, like any sensible person.

For all the bucks to be made, there are some easy objections to dramas based on the supposed doings of famous personalities who are still alive in the public memory. David Walliams sucking the joie de vivre and sang froid out of Frankie Howard is one slight I find hard to forgive, though a similar BBC film about Tony Hancock had some merit; or was that Hattie Jacques, or Fanny Craddock?

We flock to things attempting to reproduce such people because they still enjoy the public’s affection; often they deserve it, and the public still enjoys them, even such seemingly sad cases as Sylvia Plath. We never met them, but we think of them as friends, and long to spend some more time in their (hopefully still fresh) company.

One thing’s for sure – playing the inimitable, rascally, some would say rather scary Hitch is a great acting challenge and opportunity for Anthony Hopkins. Can he and this film convince us we have our favourite master of suspense back with and not a caricature, and yet give us some new insight into the master director at least, if not the human condition altogether?

Cecil B. DeMille – seems like a bit of a Donald Trump type. Von Stroheim is a personal favourite but I’m not sure we could ever so much as enjoy an amicable cup of tea together. Bergman’s  a personality for sure, but how’s his English (better than mine probably, but could you have a laugh with him)? John Huston’s been done, in “White Hunter, Black Heart” (Clint Eastwood directed; could even Hopkins play him entertainingly?). Woody Allen can be amusing, and I certainly admire the life he’s made for himself; but is there enough there to make a movie?”Ed Wood” is a lovely film, that gives Johnny Depp the advantage of colourful costumes, to say the least. But of all the great directors Hitchcock is surely the most entertaining personality, despite the excesses of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and whatever the unpleasant truth about the actual person might be.

Johan Grimonprez’s film Double Take makes witty use of the master, which I think the old rogue would enjoy, and in some ways it’s scarier than those old bone chilling nerve freezers.

However, the above is all irrelevant just now. The burning question today is what is Anthony Hopkins, another personality we’ve come to adore, or like at least, going to do with this role? Will he throw in a few humorous touches, or will it be chills all the way? Will we believe him in this role, enjoy watching a star in action or, and this is probably the most we can hope for,  have a film to remember?


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  1. fred permalink

    No doubt it’ll be deeper than a soft caricature of hitchcock knowing hopkins talent and charisma. The real question is under which angle the director of this film decided to depict hitchcock? A quick check out of some pre reviews should give us the answer..


    • Merci for that Fred.


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