Hitchcock (2012)

Hitchcock (2012)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Director: Sacha Gervasi
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson


In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth’s artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone’s misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred’s work even as the novel’s inspiration haunts his dreams.


  • It’s always fascinating to go back and visit the sets of your favourite movies, and Hitchcock’s cult classic ‘Psycho is no exception. It’s interesting to see our generation’s talented actors play important characters from our Cinematic History, and to witness how much struggle Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville had to go through to transform their ambitious & out-of-the-box psychological thriller into reality, but ultimately, the plot lacks depth and fails to have any impact.

    Anthony Hopkins looks amazing as Alfred Hitchcock, and Scarlett Johansson is ravishing as Miss Leigh, but it is Helen Mirren, as Alma Reville, who gives a powerful performance. Hopkins and Mirren’s chemistry is delightful. Toni Collete and Jessica Biel are wonderful as support. In spite of having these terrific line-up of actors, the characters like certain depth and texture because of which they end up being caricatures of what they could have been.

    The hallucinations of the Ed Gein character around Hitchcock’s head were certainly unnecessary, and they don’t add anything substantial to the plot. And the film gives too much credit to Alma, and makes Hitchcock look like some talentless and stubborn buffoon who just wanted to make the movie. Hitchcock’s innovative and visionary contributions to the genre of thrillers, through ‘Psycho’, is completely overlooked.

    It ends up being one of those beautiful looking movies which you can watch and forget.

  • I was skeptical about seeing this film, not because it looked rubbish, but because of my lack of knowledge about Alfred Hitchcock, despite the fact that he was born in Leytonstone (about 10 minutes from where I live).That being said, the film is brilliant!

    As seen on many movie posters the film shows the “Untold story of Psycho”, as well as an insight into the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The film shows the challenges and struggles it took for Hitchcock’s best film to be made.

    Read full review here – https://theblackholecorner.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/hitchcock/

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