Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) has just filmed and released 'North by North West' thus re-establishing him as the master of the genre. When the whole world is watching what Hitchcock would do next, he announces a horror movie about a perversive murderous psychopath and when a young woman crosses his path. Against everybody's vociferous repulsion including his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) initially and no studio backing, the stubborn director makes a movie that the world reels in terror becoming one of his biggest accomplishments.
Hopkins gets it right to an extent as the repulsive, authoritative and tyrannic man. However as the moments pass with obvious emotional sequences go untapped, it more becomes a '60s tabloid feature. Helen Mirren gets a lot of unnecessary screentime and ends up deviating from any other interesting elements that the writers could have bundled. The sound mixing was good in parts and some supporting performances especially Johansson's was particularly good. It feels disappointingly long even with its short runtime and a little undercooked at times. Having never been a fan of Hitchcock's renowned handling of climax, this one came as a surprise to be so flat and to be honest disrespectful of the man.
Not particularly a solid tribute but sure brings some interesting moments
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren were astonishing as the married filmmaking duo dealing with their relationship becoming rocky during the difficult process of making the film 'Psycho'! All performances are solid.The film puts you under its spell and its fascinating to see the struggles and negativity Hitchcock had to face in order to make a film he believed in and was passionate about. To see his private life behind the scenes and his relationship with his supporting wife Alma was intrigiung.The film was also hilarious! I found myself laughing and smiling more than anything, but there are dark,eerie moments when the infamous Ed Gein story is channeled in to the film! I only wish James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins who played Norman Bates had a bigger role!He was dead-on as Perkins!!! Also, I feel the film deserved to be much longer as I frowned when the end credits appeared!