Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Pyscho.
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Misguided biopic caught between outright fangirling and psycho-sexually analyzing its subject -- it isn't particularly good at either. However, Hopkins is having a lot of fun here, and it's hard not to have fun with him.
The psychoanalytic heart of the film feels like a campy "Hannibal Lecter plays Alfred Hitchcock". But the opening and closing gags are delightful, as is the delicious moment when Hitch awaits (and conducts) the first chorus of screams in response to the infamous shower scene.
Although this movie was not been received well, it is certainly worth watching. Anthony Hopkins is delightful as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren is wonderful as the much overlooked Alma. And special mention should be made of James D'Arcy's fabulous portrayal of Anthony Perkins. While the screenwriter's nod to Hitchcock doesn't work, the storyline is otherwise straightforward and maintains interest throughout.
The main issues with this film are its main players - Hopkins and director Gervasi. Both seem so overly confident in their (presumably serious vision) that they border on parody. Definitely over-directed, not to mention the weird Ed Gein-driven character revelations. But, on the bright side, it was a fun romp through the making of a game changing film. Mirren was fantastic, and the film set of Psycho was so much fun!
If I had heard nothing about this movie before watching it, I'd have placed a lot of money on it being a TV movie. But it's not. And that's shocking. What a messy and sappy screenplay full of unnecessary side bits. A few silly but enjoyable moments, Helen Mirren's performance, and Michael Stuhlbarg's perfect face really help this one out, but not nearly enough.
A minor but entertaining account of the making of Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO, and more specifically Hitchcock's at times strained but ultimately deeply symbiotic relationship with his wife, Alma. The scenes in which Hitch interacts with an imaginary Ed Gein are unnecessary and distracting, and the editing is sloppy, but the film is nonetheless a mostly innocuous entertainment with some fine performances.
reliance on weird & unwieldy narrative gimmicks creates an emphasis on artificiality so much so that the characters never become anymore than their popculture personas. who was hitchcock? this movie couldn't care less. performances are sincere & entertaining but the shallowness of the storytelling mutes their positive impact.