Flash Movie Review: Hitchcock

Executives of sanitation and water plants could not explain the sudden drop in water usage. There were many people walking around with a musty smell and slightly unpolished look. Hotel employees were perplexed in the sudden cancellation of room reservations. Well, maybe things were not that bad; however, you cannot tell me there were not a lot of people who thought twice about taking a shower, after they saw the movie Psycho. I remember the first time I saw this movie and how my heart raced. When a film is considered a classic, I enjoy hearing the back story on how forces came together to create such a great movie. This was one of the reasons I wanted to see this film, along with Anthony Hopkins’ (Thor, Proof) performance as famed director Alfred Hitchcock. When the story focused on the birth of Psycho it was fascinating. Even with all the success Hitchcock had with the movie studio, they balked at his plans, refusing to finance the project. I got a kick out of all the tidbits surrounding the filming process. It was fun to see Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Avengers) and James D’Arcy (W.E., Cloud Atlas) playing Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. In some scenes Anthony Hopkins was believable as Hitchcock; but at times, it seemed as if he slipped out of character and the makeup was odd. For me, the star of this movie was Helen Mirren (The Last Station, The Debt) as Alfred’s wife Alma Reville. I had no idea, if the story here is true, that she was as influential as she was portrayed. The problem I had was when the story veered off the making of Psycho and delved into the relationship Alma and Alfred had, it did not make for a cohesive story line. I appreciated the things I learned from this interesting movie; I just wished it had been more.

 

2 3/4 starsΒ 

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 29, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I loved the beginning of your review. At first I was thinking, “where is he going with this?” Then you had the reveal and it all made sense.

    Good review, and based off others I’ve read I think this is going to be a rental for me.

  2. Despite the drawbacks I’ve read about the film, I still can’t wait to see this.

  3. I can’t wait to see this. I’m a huge fan of the actors, and the storyline of the film is so interesting and original.

  4. Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho, is one of my top five films of all time. Number four to be exact. When I heard about this film, I couldn’t wait for it to hit the big screen. After your review, I’m not sure if I should just wait for it to hit Netflix.

  5. oh, i’ll probably still watch this. the casting seems great… πŸ˜‰

  6. I’m really enjoying your reviews…did you see the HBO Hitchcock-pic “the Girl?” I found that to be well done as it only tackled one storyline…or it was tied together well enough to seem so πŸ™‚

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