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Thursday, 21 February 2013

'Hitchcock' Review

'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' photo (c) 2010, Fr. Dougal McGuire - license: is my first film review, so it may not be that successful.  I have chosen to review the recent 'Hitchcock' film...

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Rating: 12A 

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Portnow, Michael Wincott, Ralph Macchio

Director: Sasha Gervasi 

Alfred Hitchcock is a world famous director. His face is recognisable all over the globe. For 50 years he produced his wonderful films, making him a highly regarded and influential figure in world film.

On 23rd November 2012 a new biographical drama of his life was released, based on Stephen Rebello's 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho'.

It's 1959, just after the opening of 'North by Northwest',  and Alfred Hitchcock is troubled. Is he too old? As a certain reporter suggested, should he quit while he's ahead? He's desperate to prove he's got life in him yet. He needs something fresh and something new, not 'Casino Royale' or 'Anne Frank', but 'Psycho'. The horrific novel based on the crimes of serial killer, Ed Gein. But his colleagues are distraught, Motion Picture Production Code horrified and his wife Alma's no happier. With their home riding on the film's success, Hitchcock has to pull it off...

The film focuses on the relationship of Alfred and his wife during the production of 'Psycho' and the problems their marriage faces. When Hitchcock discovers Alma and Whitfeild's screen play collaboration, he accuses Alma of an affair, which Alma angrily denies. However, her loyalty allows her to sallow her anger and help cut the film to shape.

Despite the topic, this film did not do Hitchcock proud. With a fantastic cast and great material, this should have been a success. The problem was in the detail. Done well, this film would have gone into depth about 'Psycho''s controversies and the Hitchcocks' relationship. But instead it was un-original and rushed.

However, it was entertaining and Hopkins performed brilliantly.

Rating: 3/5                                                          

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