The best part of the Oscar season is when a film like “Hitchcock” gets nominated for an Academy Award. One of the only surprising nominations of the year, the film really does have great use of Makeup and Hairstyling. Immersing Anthony Hopkins into the visage of Alfred Hitchcock is no simple task, but on-screen, you tend to forget you are watching an actor and believe the movie magic. Also, the hairstyling of all the women is appropriate to the genre and time period, giving the film a perfect look and feel.
Unfortunately, “Hitchcock” faces stiff competition, landing at the bottom of my list as far as hair and makeup goes. Although you cannot play favorites with quantity over quality, the fact that the other two nominated films, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Les Miserables” have both is a testament to itself.
“Hitchcock” works splendidly, mainly due to the principle cast that makes it so. Anthony Hopkins immerses into the role of Hitchcock, while Helen Mirren creates her own depiction of the great woman behind the man. The biggest surprise for me was a knock-out performance by Scarlett Johansson, as leading lady Janet Leigh, which will not go unnoticed. However, this comedic-drama exists only for the sake of reminiscing about the man we all consider a cinematic genius, Alfred Hitchcock, as the film holds little merit besides taking us on a cinematic journey through what the production of “Psycho” might have been like. And may I emphasize the phrase “might have been” as this film rarely feels authentic or truthful in almost any regard, especially with the odd choice to make Ed Gein a psychological mentor to Hitchcock throughout the film. I wholeheartedly enjoy Hitchcock and his personality and antics, on pure face value, I would have taken any film depicting his life, especially a film with so many well cast performances, but ultimately, there will be future Hitchcock films that will reward light years ahead of this one, containing more heart and more historical merit.
// Produced by Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Alan Barnette, & Tom Thayer // Directed by Sacha Gervasi //
//Makeup & Hairstyling: Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 // ONLINE STREAMING // 16 films – 22 days //