I know I’m a little behind on this one, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review the Sacha Gervasi film, “Hitchcock.”
In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams.
The references to the legend behind the novel “Psycho”, give the film that much more depth. For those of you that may be unfamiliar to the “Psycho” novel or film, it was roughly developed from the infamous case of serial killer Ed Gien. Writer Robert Bloch took the twisted tales of Ed Gein and spun the insane lend of Mr. Norman Bates.
In this reelling of the circumstances around the making of the film “Psycho,” Sir Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Hitchcock and the incredibly talented Helen Mirren shines as Alma. Anthony Hopkins completely embodies the essence that was Alfred Hitchcock and lays the foundation for one of the most complete all around films I’ve seen in a very long time.
This is an incredible film with an amazing cast, of which Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel turned in surprisingly brilliant performances as “Psycho” leading ladies.
Pick up your copy of “Hitchcock” today. It’s a film you’ll be glad you have in your collection.