Hitchcock is the new movie about the real life Alfred Hitchcock and the making of his most famous movie, Psycho. The movie is based on Stephen Rebello's 1998 non-fiction book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho". Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as the "Master of Suspense" Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren plays his wife, Alma Reville. Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel co-star.
The movie serves as a behind the scenes look at the discovery and creation of Psycho. Hitchcock begins at the premiere of the Alfred’s latest film "North by Northwest", where he is basking in the limelight and getting all the praise and glory while Alma is hiding in the shadows. Never being fully satisfied, Alfred begins researching for his next project almost immediately. We get to see Alfred's insecurities when he's not in front of the camera or the media. He is struggling with getting older and feels the need for acceptance and appreciation more than ever. This is when he stumbles upon the book, Psycho, which is based on the true story of serial killer Ed Gein. Alfred is mesmerized with the terrifying appeal and knows this will be his next project. He wants to push the limits and be challenged again and the answer is a true horror story, although no one else seems to think it's a good idea. From here, we see the challenges in getting this film made and the strains put on Alfred and Alma's relationship.
This movie is so much more than just the making of Psycho. The real story at play is Alfred and Alma's relationship and the struggles they are going through at this stage in their lives. Mirren is excellent as always, but the star of the show is definitely Hopkins. If you can get past the rubber prosthetic mask he wears, he literally transforms into Alfred Hitchcock. I wouldn't be surprised to hear either one of their names mentioned come awards season. This is a fun and entertaining movie, but the one thing that I struggled with was how I kept thinking that it felt like a Lifetime movie. I know that's not a good thing when you're paying $10, but in fairness, the story and acting are both very good. Almost everyone is familiar with the movie Psycho and it is fun to see what went into the making of the movie and also to see what kind of a man Alfred Hitchcock really was. I really enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it, but I wouldn't say it is a must see in theaters.