Summary: "Hitchcock" is semi-biographical tale of Alfred Hitchcock and his wife during the filming of "Psycho" that has a good mix of comedy and drama. The story is engaging, and the acting is Oscar caliber.
Excerpt: Hitchcock is a dramatized look into one period of Alfred Hitchcock’s private life, primarily concerning itself with the legendary director’s filming of Psycho . To hook modern audiences, Hitchcock uses the emotional and creative tension between Alfred and his beloved wife, Alma, to propel the plot beyond the standard dimensions of Hollywood biopics.
Excerpt: The idea of a movie revolving around the making of Psycho is certainly an intriguing one, made better by the fantastic cast that was involved, with a wonderful looking Anthony Hopkins in the guise of the Master of Suspense. That is not exactly what I got, but what I liked about this movie, is how it chose to be a fun, romanticized story about a man continuing to challenge himself, as well as a relationship drama involving his wife.
Conclusion: Perhaps not the be-all-end-all meta-movie that fans of the Master of Suspense were hoping for, Hitchcock is nonetheless an enjoyable—if lightweight—drama about creative partnership, ambition, and proving the naysayers wrong. What it lacks in psychological substance, it slightly makes up for with period piece savviness and fine performances from all involved, especially Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.
Conclusion: While there is a ton of impressive work on display in 'Hitchcock', I found myself falling out of love with it over the course of the film's running time. My personal reactions aside, the movie looks and sounds terrific on Blu-ray. The special features are also detailed, though somewhat padded. If you love Alfred Hitchcock movies, or any of the actors involved with this production, 'Hitchcock' is definitely worth a look. For fans, this disc is an easy recommend.
Excerpt: Of all the actors, directors, producers – heck anyone involved in the movie industry, there seems to be only a scant few that actually stand the test of time. If ever there was a man whose name was synonymous with Hollywood, it had to have been Alfred Hitchcock. From his television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents to his countless films, the man who was dubbed the “Master of Suspense” knew how to tell a story and keep the audience involved in a movie.
Excerpt: As well as being the most famous film director of all time, Alfred Hitchcock was also the most recognisable � from his many public appearances, his cameos in his own films and his role as presenter-host in his long-running 1950s and �60s TV series. His signature corpulent body outline, together with the bald head and lugubrious jowled face have become as much of an iconic image as that of Henry VIII or Winston Churchill.