Excerpt: After having huge success with "North by Northwest," 60-year-old filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) reads Robert Bloch's novel "Psycho," based on the serial murders by Ed Gein, and becomes obsessed with making it his next film, to the point of funding it with his own money.
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: 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: 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: Every movie is inherently unlikely. Given the cost—both personal and monetary, whether measured in dollars or time—that attends the making of everything from the most obscure home movie to the biggest Hollywood blockbuster, it's amazing that they ever get made at all. So many things have to go right, and so many people have to be willing that it's almost miraculous. Some movies are more unlikely than others, some more miraculous.
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.
Summary: Moviegoers may know that Peter Jackson lost a lot of weight, recognize Steven Spielberg by his beard and glasses, or complain in the break room that Ben Affleck didn't get the Oscar nod for Argo , but outside of ardent cinephiles and auteur theorists, most audience members don't give much thought to the directors of their favorite movies. Alfred Hitchcock, however, was—and continues to be—different. His public persona is nearly as recognizable as his films.
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: As one of the few genuine auteurs of the classic Hollywood era, Alfred Hitchcock is a director who you can really understand best in his movies. All you need to know about the man who made both To Catch A Thief and Vertigo is right there on the screen, with the innovative camera movement, the obsessions with blondes and deceit, the dark humor and occasional self-indulgence.