Alfred Hitchock was one of the most standout directors of thriller films in Hollywood history. Some people know about his life, while others don’t. Nevertheless, film enthusiasts everywhere clamber to find the next Hitchcock, wherever he or she may be. The thing is, there can only be one Hitchcock, and no one else can come close to the kind of oddball man that he was. In 2012, there were two biographical fiction films about Hitchcock’s life, the first one “Hitchcock”, starring Anthony Hopkins, and the second was the TV movie, “The Girl” starring Toby Jones. So how did the bigger release of the two do?
This film is not a complete explanation of Hitchcock’s life, only one specific segment. It took place before, during, and after the filming of one of his most famous films, “Psycho”. At the time, the idea of the movie was controversial, didn’t really fit his method of operation. Not only that, but there was a very controversial aspect in the film, which was the shower murder, and almost every company that he went to turned down the film at the thought of nudity. Outside of the film, Hitchcock’s wife, Alma (Helen Mirren) has been spending a bit of too much time with Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston), who claims to only be interested in making a movie with her. So the stresses of having to use his own money to make “Psycho”, the constant harassment of movie moguls bashing his next movie, and the prospect that maybe his wife is having an affair is just enough to make him…well…psycho.
It is quite shocking of how they worked with films and their morals just fifty years ago. These producers would cross their arms, turn their head to the side, and snort at the thought of nudity. They said to do what he wants, but if he had this or that that the film would never see the light of day. What’s more is that they were men! Talk about professionalism. I won’t say nudity is bad for a film, but I will say that the producer’s role in a production has been taken grossly over the line. Now and then, a movie will come out that does everything, including nudity, right. Unfortunately, that’s becoming more of a legend than anything else.
This film started out very intriguing. On the list of actors for this film is Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, and James D’Arcy. Every one of these actors did a splendid job at portraying their characters. It really is unbelievable and eerie how well they were made to look like the original. Anthony Hopkins did a great job, as always, but James D’Arcy (who played Anthony Perkins of ‘Psycho’) looked identical to the original man. The look of the movie was perfect in every which way. The acting was also very strong and believable. What wasn’t was the writing.
When it came to the behind-the-scenes stuff for “Psycho”, the film maintained its level of interest. Those of you who are fans of the classic film will be able to recognize how well these actors are doing at recreating famous scenes to the original. That stuff is actually very entertaining. However, it is the emotional parts that were required for the film that seemed to hold too much of a focus.
“Hitchcock” seems to follow a pretty common phrase, which is…”behind every psycho is a great woman”. The movie had a strong focus on Hitchcock’s own marriage, and how it affected his work. How “Psycho” just wouldn’t work without their marriage being okay. When the movie turned into a soap opera, it stopped being interesting, and it started being boring. You may continue to watch the movie just to see how things went on the movie set, what kind of a man Hitchcock was in real life, but in order to truly be entertained by the movie as a whole, you have to care about how his marriage went. That is okay for some movies, and in a way it did feel like it fit here, but it may be hard to shake the feeling of boredom here.