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There’s an inherent danger in pulling back the curtain to reveal the puppeteers behind iconic art. It’s even trickier when the man is Alfred Hitchcock, whose reputation as a dry-witted prankster perfectly fit his skill at appealing to audiences’ fledgling fascination with grotesquerie and unease. With Hitchcock, rookie director Sacha Gervasi attempts to separate the public persona from the private life of Hitch alongside wife Alma Reville. Guess what: Old married couples are kind of boring…and so are cookie-cutter biopics. Anthony Hopkins cakes on the jowls to play Hitch as he tries to get his hugely controversial Psycho off the ground, latching onto the project despite the studio’s refusal to finance it and against the better judgment of Alma (Helen Mirren). The film is best when it focuses on Hitch on set, terrorizing Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) and Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) while struggling to make others see the potential. But it skids to a halt when it turns to Hitch and Alma, who Hitch suspects is having an affair with a former writer. Hopkins and Mirren are excellent in their roles, with Mirren offering steely sass and Hopkins adding vulnerability to the legend, but the former Hannibal Lecter has little to work with, and instead of layering his showcase with nuance, he barely rises above caricature. To borrow Hitch’s favorite criticism: “It’s stillborn.”
  • Genres: Biography, Docudrama
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Sexual Content, Some Violent Images, Thematic Material ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Anthony Hopkins [Alfred Hitchcock], Helen Mirren [Alma Reville], Scarlett Johansson [Janet Leigh], Toni Collette [Peggy Robertson], Danny Huston [Whitfield Cook], Jessica Biel [Vera Miles], Michael Stuhlbarg [Lew Wasserman], James D'Arcy [Anthony Perkins], Michael Wincott [Ed Gein], Kurtwood Smith [Geoffrey Shurlock], Richard Portnow [Barney Balaban], Wallace Langham [Saul Bass], Ralph Macchio [Joe Stefano], Judith Hoag [Lillian]
  • Directed by: Sacha Gervasi [Director], John McLaughlin [Screenwriter], Ivan Reitman [Producer], Tom Pollock [Producer], Joe Medjuck [Producer], Tom Thayer [Producer], Alan Barnette [Producer], Ali Bell [Executive Producer], Richard Middleton [Executive Producer], Jeff Cronenweth [Cinematographer], Pamela Martin [Film Editor], Danny Elfman [Original Music], Judy Becker [Production Design], Alexander Wei [Art Director], Robert Gould [Set Decoration], Julie Weiss [Costume Designer], Terri Taylor [Casting]
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