Behind every Psycho is a great woman.
Alfred Hitchock biopic with the Master of Suspense portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. The story centres on his relationship with wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the troubled production of Psycho in 1959. The cast of that famed thriller is played by Scarlett Johansson (as star Janet Leigh), Jessica Biel (as Vera Miles) and James D'Arcy (as Anthony Perkins who embodied crazed hotelier Norman Bates).... More
This is the feature debut from screenwriter and documentarian Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil). The screenplay is based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello.Hide
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BY James Croot Flicks Writer
Like last year’s My Weekend with Marilyn, this is another excellent, less-than-flattering biopic of a Hollywood icon and fascinating insight into filmmaking in days gone by. However, stylistically and tonally, Gervasi’s film actually has more in common with 2004’s The Life of Death of Peter Sellars with the film’s fourth-wall breaking bookends (which echo the director’s famous TV series Alfred Hitchcock presents), Hitch’s obsession with unobtainable women and his 'visitations' from Psycho inspiration Ed Gein.... More
Hitch fans will love the chronicling of the making of the seminal 1960 horror, especially his battles with the censors office, however some loose threads are left unanswered by the screenplay (why did he shoot it in black and white? How did he come up with the idea of using chocolate syrup for blood?) More compelling are the scenes involving the complex relationship between Hitch and Mrs Hitch, Alma Reville, and the corpulent director and his female lead Janet Leigh.
While Hopkins doesn’t quite master the voice, he certainly is a striking presence, even if he’s sometimes overshadowed by Mirren’s excellent turn as his inspirational wife. The strong supporting cast is also aided by McLaughlin’s smart script which is filled with plenty of quips and rich dark humour.Hide
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BY Random-One lister
This movie is really nothing to write home about. I was expecting a more indepth Hitchcock film, as he 'was and still is' one of the great legends. And that's where this movie is a bit of a let down. When you are expecting a life story and end up watching only a few months in a lifetime, that is forced with airy fairy humour and none of the dark sentiment that we all know Hitchcock for, it leaves one feeling a little ripped off.
BY RealityCheck superstar
Awesome biography, an very well shot, of course, easy to see why he was/is the master of suspense. Storyline is a supurb following of this great film maker and his wife, not too dissimilar to other great men. I havent seen too many films like this that speak volumes about human behaviour, in such a real way. No explosions, guns or anything really, but wonderful none the less :-) Almost doco format!
Genre : drama, biography, film in film (psycho)
4/5 : I found it bit slow and made... More Alfred look a bit odd in parts, but beautiful endingHide
BY filmlover superstar