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Review: Hitchcock

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT
By Ken the Critic, @KenTheCritic

Grade: B

Directing a film about a director can’t always be easy, especially when it’s the iconic Alfred Hitchcock, but Sacha Gervasi does an extraordinary job. Check out my interview with him above. Anthony Hopkins actively pursued the role to be Hitchcock and it’s hard for me to imagine anyone else to play it.  Based on the book, “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello, we learn that Hitchcock had a lot of delusions of Ed Gein when making the film.       

Even though it’s called Hitchcock, the film only covers Alfred Hitchcock’s life during the filming of Psycho in 1959. As a headstrong director, he hires Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) to play the lead character in his new film.  It’s called Psycho, which has Norman Bates as a character based on the murderer Ed Gein.  Hitchcock has already established himself as a brilliant director by this point, however Paramount Studios doesn’t want to put up the funding for it because Hitchcock is going to kill off his lead 30 minutes into the film (something that had never been done before in film history). But where his real support comes from is his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren), who influences him in just the right ways.  

Anthony Hopkins will most likely get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He does an extraordinary job becoming Hitchcock, although his voice is distinctively his own. Scarlett Johansson has a timeless look that really fits her part, whereas Jessica Biel doesn’t, but her performance was still strong. I just think that I wanted to see more of a biography of Hitchcock’s life.

Watch the trailer here:

Ken’s Movie Review Grading Scale

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of the        theaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F – Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   Review: Hitchcock

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