Film Review: Hitchcock


February 6, 2013 by Craig Sutherland

Smack My ‘Hitch’ Up!

Directed by Sacha Gervasi.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Danny Huston, Toni Collette and the ‘Karate Kid’ himself Ralph Macchio.

The film tells the love story between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of the classic 1960 film Psycho.

What’s it all about?

Highly successful director Alfred Hitchcock has had enough of big budget Hollywood films, he wants to create films like he did when he first started directing. After the success of North by Northwest (1958) he sources a nasty piece of pulp fiction in the form of Robert Bloch‘s novel Psycho. Hitch struggles to get support for his production and is forced to self-finance the film risking everything for a movie about a cross-dressing serial killer.

Rather than being just a film about the making of a classic horror ‘Hitchcock’ is so much more. It centralizes on the relationship between Alma & Hitch, which is far from cosy when we join them. There are hints of his obsessions with his leading ladies and Alma starts writing with a younger more attractive Hitchcock wannabe.

Is it any good?

Anthony Hopkins is wonderful as the portly master of suspense. His Hitch is charismatic and charming, we also get glimpses into his insecurities over his age and weight. Helen Mirren is solid as always and the rock that beds the picture in reality.

If you have seen Psycho, this film is absolute treat. The casting of James D‘Arcy as Anthony Perkins is inspired and Scarlett Johanssen is as watchable as ever. If you go into this film without being a Hitchcock or a Psycho fan then you might think it feels light and it has a bit too much fun but it’s still a decent watch.

In Summary

Great performances coupled with a fun script makes this a great watch. Do try to swot up on Psycho beforehand though. 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Cineworld for getting us an Unlimited preview screening.


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