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The Girl Reviews

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Super Reviewer

October 26, 2012
In this year's London Olympics opening ceremony, there was one glaring omission from the list of influential Brits, Alfred Hitchcock. Many in the British media have never forgiven the director for leaving for Hollywood and this continues with Julian Jarold's film, co-produced by the BBC and HBO. It tells the tale of Hitch's obsessive relationship with actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) and isn't so much a movie as a character assassination. Many facts are liberally manipulated in order to make Hitch (Toby Jones) seem more of a cartoon villain. Most laughable is a recreation of Hedren's screen test, the tone of which couldn't be more different than the real footage (available to view as an extra on "The Birds" DVD). This is basically the story of an old man who tried it on with a pretty young actress and failed. It's this failure that allows for such a tawdry cheap shot. Had he been successful there would be no story. Where's the movie denigrating Warren Beatty for his manipulation of young women? There is none because if you're handsome you can be as randy as you want, just look at JFK. The message of this film boils down to image fascism. How dare a fat, ugly man try it on with a beautiful woman, don't these unattractive people know their place? On the positive side, this piece of garbage will be forgotten about quickly whereas Hitchcock's legacy will persevere forever.
David S

Super Reviewer

November 29, 2012
I like films about film-making ('The Bad and the Beautiful' is one of my favourites and I've always enjoyed 'RKO 281') and it is fun seeing how they recreat some of the shots and scenes from 'The Birds' and 'Marnie'. On top of this you have a great performance from Jones as Hitchcock. However I wasn't a fan of the one-sided story and the way Hitchcock the sadist and lecher was presented rather than the great film-maker. I can't bring myself to believe that he was as terrible and pathetic as this film makes out and it'd no surprise to learn that Hedren had a big say in the making of the film. Take the whole thing with a huge pinch of salt and enjoy the period feel but don't accept this as actual fact.
Jason R

Super Reviewer

November 19, 2012
Didn't really care for the story or how it was told. But, Toby Jones is fantastic as Alfred Hitchcock.
Wu C

Super Reviewer

October 24, 2012
I'm a sucker for movies about the making of movies. Also, the idea of Hitchcock's obsession with blondes and Tippi Hedron intrigued me. Worth a watch, but it might ruin your impression of the master of thrillers.
December 10, 2012
While Hitchcock wasnt great, its a masterpiece compared to this, i like toby jones but he wasnt right to play hitchcock, hes too small and doesnt have the same presence, you also never see any other actors, or any other aspects of making marnie or the birds, just scenes with hitch and tippi, its slow and drawn out, i didnt like what they did with alma, go see hitchcock instead
November 2, 2012
This was just alright. Toby Jones was great as Hitch but from what ive been reading, this movie may not be too accurate. They paint Hitchcock to be a pretty disturbed person.
October 20, 2012
Sienna Miller and Toby Jones do a fine job bringing Tippi Hedren and AlfredHitchcock to life during the Making of The Birds and Marnie and all the on and off set issue that the two had during the time
Matthew J.
November 4, 2012
The film spends too much time developing Hitchcock as a complete monster and Hedren as an innocent angel to be anything other than revolting and annoying. If you want to tackle a great artist like Alfred Hitchcock get a better writer.
November 25, 2012
A look at the relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren.
November 22, 2012
The movie premise is certainly interesting, and the characters are well acted throughout, however, I concur with the review of Brian Tallerico, which stated that the film, "never finds a strong creative justification to exist.". This movie, while interesting, leaves you with an extremely small picture of a disturbed and desperate old man, and the ways in which he punishes those he has the ability to take advantage of.
Jason R

Super Reviewer

November 19, 2012
Didn't really care for the story or how it was told. But, Toby Jones is fantastic as Alfred Hitchcock.
November 18, 2012
Though not the most interesting or climactic piece of cinema, Jones and Miller's performances as Hitchcock and Hedron make THE GIRL inspire a new look at Hitchcock's films "The Birds" and "Marnie".
November 18, 2012
This was disappointing. The performances were good, and it is nicely shot, but there is nothing really driving the plot forward. It's just kind of one scene after another, so it gets pretty dull. Hopefully the Hopkins Hitchcock movie is a bit better.
November 17, 2012
A heavy-handed film that paints with broad brushstrokes. it paints the master of suspense as a very unlikable old pervert with many insecurities. The Hitch found in this film is quite monstrous. It's a pitch-dark (probably too dark if one must be honest), uncomfortable, challenging and disturbing film that I'm not sure is as accurate as it thinks it is. That said, while it really isn't all that good, at least it's interesting. I really didn't like it all. I'd say skip it and wait for Hitchcock.
James T.
November 16, 2012
The Girl especially is an interesting case. The film which stars Toby Jones (Infamous) as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren chronicles their turbulent relationship during the filming the two movies they made together-- The Birds and Marnie. There's an old school adage that certainly rings true that Hitch discovered Hedren, a successful model, while watching a commercial featuring her. He chose her to come in for The Birds. He primped and trained the neophyte actress, molding her to become the next Grace Kelly. That's certainly stuff that's been well documented and considering Hitch's longtime regard for the then Princess of Monaco, a certain high compliment for the newcomer Hedren. The film, based on conjecture, stories told by Hedren, and who knows what else paint a tawdry portrait of Hitchcock. One that not just feels false but particularly pathetic. Jones, who matches the cadences and posture of filmmaker quite well is posited as a grotesque, nearly gargoyle-like creature. He's filmed as nearly a demented, sadistic toad, obsessing on the women he certainly could never have-- Imelda Staunton provides her usual finesse as Hitch's long-suffering wife Alma.

After molding Hedren into a movie star, Hitchcock, as seen through the shallow, flat prism of The Girl, is seen a beast. Whether through the telling of off-color limericks to Hedren, or falsely presenting scenes of The Birds. There's an ugly re-telling of a famous attack scene where Hitchcock forced Hedren to endure five days of being bombarded by live birds, after being assured that only mechanical birds and post production special effects would be used to for the shooting. There's certainly evidence that occurred, with the exception of the behind the scenes drama. The question that The Girl fails to really respond to, is why Hedren put up with it the first place. Why she continued work with a man who seemingly punished her for not accepting his sexual passes. Why she stayed afloat, with a brave, victim-like expression on her face when she felt so unhappy and marginalized. Whatever speculation of the Hitchcock\Hedren relationship will forever remain a mystery, since only one side can truly ever be explored, but The Girl seems to disingenuously present Hitch as such a loathsome cad, that it reeks of caricature, and is completely bereft of humanity on either side. Hedren is presented rather dully, and Miller's nonchalant portrayal lacks clear definition or insight. One wonders what counterpoints past Hitchcock blondes Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Janet Leigh or Kim Novack might provide on the subject.

The Girl even fails on the seemingly easy-get on the fun it should have in recreating some of the classic moments of The Birds and Marnie, foregoing the simple revelry of old school Hollywood glee in favor of unsightly and broadly drawn melodrama. F
November 14, 2012
Good expose' of sexual harassment in the good old days of the casting couch. It has nothing to do with the looks of the one doing the harassment, but rather the fact that sexual harassment, no matter how talented the person doing it, is never right, and that women have always been expected to put up with it, and been condemned to failure if they don't or accused of sleeping their way to the top if they do. Sexual harassment is wrong no matter who is doing it. Image fascism, as your super reviewer The Movie Waffler calls it, has nothing to do with it. Sexual harassment is morally wrong, whether the harasser is male or female, good looking or unattractive, a genius or a moron.
November 10, 2012
HBO Film's The Girl is barely premium cable worthy. The direction is pedestrian at best, which is a crime, considering that Alfred Hitchcock's innovations inspired a generation of directors as did John Ford. The performances are spot on, but the script reads as if it was cribbed from a 1964 issue of National Inquirer. There is nothing meaningful in The Girl which illuminates Hitchcock's psychology. Instead, we are treated to a sordid recounting of his pettiness and chauvinism. This film is a deep Netflix queue pick.
October 30, 2012
"THE GIRL" follows Alfred Hitchcock's dangerously obsessive relationship with former model Tippi Hedren, during the production of "The Birds" and "Marnie." This film was fantastic, I've heard some reviews saying that it ruins your view on the master of thriller, but it doesn't to me. It's just another fantastic film that will be showing more about Mr. Hitchcock's true identity. Toby Jones plays Hitchcock and does it wonderfully, truly captivating the way of Hitchcock's person. Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedren, and also does it beautifully, capturing the emotion I'm sure that Tippi felt during the production of these films. I loved this film and as soon as it gets a DVD release, I'll be buying it. Rating: 5/5.
October 29, 2012
the movie psychoanalyzes a mythical figure in Hitchcock and it turns out the genius was an insecure creeper. really nonsensical story/plot which I felt wasted the terrific performances by Jones as Hitchcock and Miller as Hedren. honestly the only reasons to watch it are to glimpse into Hitchcock's dark mind and to see 45 minutes of close-ups on Sienna Miller's crazy beautiful visage.
Julien T.
October 29, 2012
Even with it's imperfections, The Girl makes you appreciate the genius of Hitchcock and leaves you wanting to watch all his movies.
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