UK Release Date: 8th February 2013.

Stars: Sacha Gervasi (director), Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy

Plot: A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the all time great directors and what we have here is essentially a ‘making of Psycho‘ film where everyone knows how it ends but nobody quite knows the journey which gets us from start to finish. It’s a dramatic retelling of events that features some very fine actors in lead roles and some average actors in supporting roles.

I’m never keen on the idea of making a film that details how another film was made, I just don’t see the point to it so Gervasi has the job of delving into Hitchcock’s personal relationships with his wife and his leading lady to try and get the audience interested. From the trailer, I can’t pretend that I am too excited about it, Hitchcock just seems a little bit boring with the addition of a couple of humorous lines.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Anthony Hopkins got an Oscar nod for his performance as it seems this is the kind of thing that the Academy would love. I am a little bit wary about this film but it has already received rave reviews from early screenings at the AFI Film Festival. It seems to me like Hitchcock is made for the critics rather than general movie-goers.

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