Thursday, March 7, 2013

Anthony Hopkins: Hitchcock (2012)

I don't know why Anthony got snubbed at the Oscars this year. Most likely it has something to do with the overall quality of the movie. As I've mentioned already, it's very limited in scope and reach and didn't do very well at the box office. I have nothing but praises for the leading man though. I think Anthony did a marvelous job with this extremely difficult character.

It's not just facial prosthetics. It's the way he moves, the way he talks, the way he towers over everybody while being shorter in actual height. Everybody but his wife Alma seems to be somewhat unsettled by his presence. And, of course, the weirdness, awkwardness, temptations. I can't say how closely it all matches the actual famous director, but as a film character it was a total jackpot.

It's been a while since Anthony played a leading role in a good movie. The World's Fastest Indian from 2005 certainly qualifies, but since then? Quite a few supporting parts in very questionable projects including a huge  flop The Wolfman. His leading man efforts have not been much better. I liked Fracture, but that's six years ago.

He still works a lot. 2013 and especially 2014 look scarily busy for a 75-year old, but he can still tackle the big stuff, as Hitchcock attests. He also played a pretty convincing viking god a year ago, and he'll play one again this summer, so I'm not really worried :)

Current grade: 69

Review: Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins grade sheet

Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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