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Hitchcock

20 Oct

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A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959. (IMDb)

I went into this not really knowing what to expect. Was it going to be more about the movie behind the scenes, or about Hitchcock himself? It ended up being a little bit of both, but I’ll be honest with the you, the stuff that concerned the making of the actual movie was more interesting to me than his personal life. Thankfully, Helen Mirren was there to make the other side of the movie not as dry. But, when has Helen Mirren ever not been an asset to anything she’s in? Anthony Hopkins makes a faithful Hitchcock. But it was the ladies of the movie that made more interesting. Along with Mirren, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and Toni Colette as Peggy Robertson, his assistant make this a little more watchable. There are some really fun moments and bits from Psycho itself, but unless you’re a fan of Psycho and/or Hitchcock himself, a lot of it will go over your head. Overall, even though there are some great moments, those don’t balance out with the slower ones.

5/10

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Hitchcock

  1. alistairrice

    October 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Is it only focussed on Psycho? or are there references to other Hitchcock movies in there too?

     
    • jeleff11

      October 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

      It begins with the premiere of North by Northwest, mentions Vertigo a few times, and has a vague reference to The Birds at the end, but it’s Psycho for the most part.
      However, some of his little trademarks (shadow in the door way, zooming camera, suspenseful music, etc) are used a little bit but played mosty for laughs for people who are familiar with his work

       
  2. moviebelle

    October 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Nice review. I liked the film a lot. I’m a big Hitchcock fan so loved the little inside references to his work and Anthony Hopkins was fab in the role. It only makes sense the master of horror should be played by Hannibal Lecter! I think though the title was wrong. It should have been ‘Hitchcock’s Psycho’ or maybe ‘Hitch and Alma’ as it wasn’t a proper biopic as the title ‘Hitchcock’ implies. Maybe people would have liked it more that way. It’s a shame the film couldn’t go into more detail about his blondes obsession (especially with Tipi Hedren).

    By the way, if you’re a fan of Hitchcock and the classics, I wrote a review of ‘Rebecca’ on my Oscar blog you might like 🙂 http://themoviebelle.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/review-14-rebecca-1941/

     
    • jeleff11

      October 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Thanks!
      Totally agree about the title. It’s a tad misleading. And this movie just scratched the surface of his blondes obsession. Maybe a movie about the making of The Birds would have bee more interesting?

      Awesome, thanks, ill definitely have to check it out!

       

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