Written December 12, 2012
In spite of the subject matter of this film - a movie based on a grisly mass murderer, directed by a corpulent Peeping Tom, it was really quite charming. All the characters were well developed and the film seems to accomplish what it sets out to do. The difficulty Hitchcock had getting the film made, the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife and her mostly unrecognized contributions, and The Way Things Were back in 1960. I loved the nightmares, the conversations with Ed Gein, and my favorite part, when Hitchcock's wife tells him off. Perhaps not as interesting for younger folks than for those of us who remember Hitchcock.
Written September 18, 2014
Two award winning actors, a fantastically done biography about the great one-what else is there to say? The movie is most definitely worth your time and consideration. Mostly about Hitch's trails and tribulations making the movie Psycho, but goes in good depth about the man, and also the very important woman behind the man. Totally recommended!
Written July 29, 2014
The so-called "Master of Suspense" appears to have had some climactic revelations in his personal life with his wife, Alma Hitchcock, during the period when he produced the movie Psycho. The role of his wife is well-played by the amazing Helen Miren. This movie postulates the theory that his wife played a pivotal role in most of Hitchcock's films, which seems plausible since she was in the moviemaking business before Hitchcock and was even his boss at one point. . The movie does do an eloquent job of outlining Hitchcock's transgressions with his "Hitchcock blonde" leading ladies and his infatuation with Vera Miles and Grace Kelly. The movie also gives us a glimpse at how prudish and prohibitive the movie industry and the U.S. government were during the late 1950s. It's a miracle that Hitchcock was able to manage to produce such creative films during those restrictive times.
Written December 10, 2012
For those who saw the original "Psycho" in the late 1950's this movie is completely capturing as Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock is spellbinding. The story of the making of the movie great. Including the dark side of Hitchcock's personality drew on the human side of the master and showed some of his frailties. Helen Mirren is perfect as Hitches wife and partner. Cudos to those who made this movie.
Written September 23, 2014
I went to this movie because the cast is so good, but I didn't expect much. It turned out to be much more amusing and lighthearted than I expected. Well-paced, and the movie just zipped along cheerfully. Anthony Hopkins was a little odd in the part, but Helen Mirren was terrific.