Hitchcock Movie Review

He never won an Oscar, but he’s regarded as one of the best directors in the medium to have ever worked in it.

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins
Helen Mirren
Scarlett Johansson
Danny Huston
Whitfield Cook
Toni Collette
Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Wincott
Jessica Biel

98 Mins, Director: Sacha Gervasi Writers

John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello(book)

It’s hard to say what this movie is. It’s not a love story, but it is. It’s not a biopic, but it is. It’s not even a an Oscar winning movie, but it’s worth a nomination or two. The movie itself is more of a moment in time than it is an actual biopic. It deals with the filming of one of his more famous motion pictures, Psycho. My two biggest problems with this film are, there’s a couple seen in the movie where they really just don’t fit anywhere, nor really help to add to the movie. The other is the consistency of the weight of Hitchcock. It seems to flutter as often as the frames per second does in a film reel.

hitchcock-poster4Anthony Hopkins does a tremendous job playing Alfred Hitchcock. I think this with a slight bias and ignorance. My only a experience with him really, is the few tv specials that came on global back in the 90’s (Global is a tv station here in Canada) and I was like 6,  so what did I really know? Anthony, was last seen as the All Father Odin, in THOR, and did a fantastic job there as well, given his role. Helen Mirren (who I have a tiny crush on, since seeing her in the movie R.E.D.) and Anthony Hopkins, make this a love story, which really helps move the story along nicely. But as I said, I don’t think this was intended to be a love story. The other actors (Scarlett, Jessica Biel and…) seemed to really just have extended cameo roles. I believe that was done on purpose, either by script or editing, because the movie really is about Hitchcock and Alma.

The coolest thing you get to see, is how a production was made back in the 50’s with it all being a set, and the editing process. In addition to that, you see why he’s a good/brilliant director. To be a good director, you need to be able to make your actors feel certain emotions, and given the stress he was under, he really got his actors to feel what he wanted.
I’m not entirely sure how accurate this movie is, but it’s nice for film students and fans of the overall medium to watch the movie and learn a thing or two about the industry, much less the famed director.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Wait until the blu ray and rent it. Unless you’re a movie buff this isn’t a movie for everyone.

Here, make your comparison from the trailer to this interview. SKIP TO 1:21

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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