Meh. I wasn't expecting anything great about this movie to be honest and yet I was more disappointed than expected. It had written Oscar bait all over which is obviously not good. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Anthony Hopkins but I never thought I was watching Hitchcock instead I felt I was watching someone trying to portray him. On the other hand, I thought Helen Mirren was quite moving and endearing.
They sort of warmed him up too much, didn't they? I spent a lot of time vacillating about inaccuracies which probably means I should be avoiding biopics, but hey, our leads are having fun, and you'll be able to causally say "oh, that guy's here too" as we re-enact the life of someone we only recently canonise, but pretend we always adored.
It's a shame this film couldn't give much justice to its stars and to Mr. Hitchcock. It's funny how two movies on Hitchcock's life was released on the same year, one by HBO and this by Sacha Gervasi starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Sometimes you can't really bend a true story, and I guess that's the difficulty presenting this film.
Much better than anticipated with an especially good turn by Helen Mirren. The main problem with the film is Hopkin's imitation of Hitchcock that just seems so twee and a self satisfied script that has more issues than the character of Norman Bates. Ed Gein used as an imaginary therapy device especially a terrible idea. Nice small turns by D'Arcy and Macchio (!). Well shot by Cronenweth but over directed.
I enjoy Anthony Hopkins' Hitchcock more than Toby Jones' in The Girl, but as a film, The Girl was better. The cast in Hitchcock does a great job and the film of Psycho as a backdrop is definitely exiting, but the movie just didn't come together as a whole. I suggest watching it if you like Alfred Hitchcock or if you want to see some great performances from Hellen Mirren and Sir Anthony. I also suggest HBO's The Girl.
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.
Great performances by Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Some decent visuals and some interesting insights into the mind of Mr. Hitchcock. I wish we could get a little deeper into his mind but it is fully intended for a mass audience, as his films were, so I guess it'll suffice.