Friday, February 10, 2006

Based on a True Story

I've never been a big fan of "based on a true story" films. I've seen too many where the only purpose seems to have been to show me how horrible life can be. I've had a pretty good life so far, but even so, there's been enough misery in it that I don't need to invite more with my entertainment choices.

Sometimes, like with Titanic or Cinderella Man or Walk the Line, there's a purpose to showing all that misery. I'm into that. If you can show me perseverance in the midst of suffering, that's encouraging. But I rarely know that going in, so I'm a little shy about those kinds of movies.

I say all that to say that the planned biopic about Alfred Hitchcock is one that I won't hesitate to see. I know nothing about the man's life or how happy or tragic it was, but in this case that's the point. I want to know more about the man who brought me The 39 Steps, Foreign Correspondent, and Psycho. They've chosen the perfect guy to play him in Little Britain's Matt Lucas. And it's also got Obi Wan in it, so it's got that going for it. Which is nice.

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