Writers: John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello(book)
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson
Run Time: 98 mins
Anthony Hopkins puts on a fat suit and lots of makeup to play the famous director, while Helen Mirren just wears glasses in the role of his wife. The story starts as he comes off the success of “North by Northwest” and is searching for a new project to inspire him and prove that he’s still got it. That project is “Psycho” and the challenges of making it and the relationship with his wife take up the rest of the film. As any fan knows, Hitchcock’s dry, dark humor was his most enjoyable asset and this film gives us plenty to laugh about. His obsessions are also explored, but never too darkly. As expected, the performances are solid. The costumes and art direction recreate the period attractively. While the film has a glossy, surface feel, it’s still enjoyable entertainment.
GAY ANGLE: Tony Perkins’ closeted existence is referenced.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens(screenplay)
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage
Run Time: 169 mins
Peter Jackson presents the first installment in this popular book with a full tilt vision. After the setup and a lengthy introduction of the characters; Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf set out to help 12 dwarves reclaim their kingdom from a sleeping dragon. Two hours of this three-hour film feels like a massive, frantic video game: lots of action and mayhem on a grand scale. The fantasy world is visually dazzling and the pacing seldom lags. Fans will surely be thrilled, but there’s something hollow and weirdly modern about the spirit that makes it more a spectacle than an expressive adventure. BTW, this is the first movie in HFR (High Frame Rate), shot in 48fps and showing in selected local theatres. Basically, it looks like really clean HD video.
GAY ANGLE: Trolls, elves and dwarves and not one sexy beast in the bunch.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.