When it was first announced that Anthony Hopkins was to take on the role of Alfred Hitchcock in a movie co-starring Helen Mirren, the immediate assumption was that awards, somewhere down the line, would follow. They didn't, though, and Hitchcock
got lost in the midst of a busy Oscar race. Rediscovering it on disc, however, and there's no shortage of things to like in director Sacha Gervasi's interesting, diverting film.
Hitchcock centres its story around the making of the director's masterpiece, Psycho, and it's through this that Gervasi touches on the many qualities and frailties behind Alfred Hitchcock's public persona. The film explores, too, his marriage to his wife Alma, played by Mirren, and where she fits into the Psycho jigsaw. Hers is not an insignificant contribution.
In truth, Hitchcock is an uneven film, and a surprisingly unambitious one in terms of the story that it wants to tell. But it does still have plenty going for it, not least the strength of its acting ensemble. Hopkins is excellent in the title role, and Helen Mirren too emerges with a lot of credit. Able support come from Scarlett Johansson, too. And when you're done with the film, there's much of interest in the extra features too.
So, perhaps it was right that Hitchcock the movie didn't bother the Oscars too much, although Anthony Hopkins does feel a little overlooked. But the film itself, and the disc it's on, are both worth a look. --Jon Foster
Oscar® Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema’s most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won’t back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he sets out to make the film. Ultimately, Hitch wins Alma over, and the two collaborate to create an enduring masterpiece--Psycho
. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Jessica Biel.
“Dame Helen is Hitch-perfect”--Metro
4 out of 5 stars
"The movie comes with an enjoyment factor as huge as the late, great director himself... The master of suspense would, you suspect, approve”--Daily Mirror
4 out of 5 stars
“A brilliant Hopkins makes a fully rounded Hitch”--Independent ‘I’ Special Features:
- Audio Description
- Audio Commentary with Sacha Gervasi and Stephen Rebello
- Deleted Scene
- Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock
- Obsessed with Hitchcock
- Sacha Gervasi's Behind the Scenes Cell Phone Footage (15 cert.)
- Hitchcock Cell Phone PSA
- The Story
- The Cast
- Danny Elfman Maestro
- Hitch and Alma
- Remembering Hitchcock