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Presenting "Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock": the Mrs. wins,
This review is from: Hitchcock (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
"Hitchcock" (2012 release; 98 min.) is based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho'. As the movie opens we see that Hitchcock is enjoying the success of 1959's North by Northwest movie, and is now pondering his next project. Paramount Pictures would like for him to do another North By Northwest-like movie, but Hitchcock is itching for something different and challenging. He stumbles upon the book Psycho, and decides that will be his next project. Paramount resists of course, and Hitchcock in the end finances the movie pretty much by himself. But the REAL story of "Hitchcock" is not Psycho, or not even Alfred Hitchcock himself, but instead Alma Reville (a/k/a Mrs. Hitchcock) and her relationship with Alfred and other people in her life. In that sense, the movie is really mistitled, and a more appropriate title would be "Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock". I don't know to what extent the movie is a correct reflection of historical facts, but I was quite surprised to learn of the active role that Alma played in (i) rewriting the script for Psycho when rewrites where needed and the original writer was unavailable, (ii) stepping in as a director when Hitchcock fell ill for a few days, and (iii) re-editing (along with Hitchcock) the film after the initial cool reception (it was her Alma's insistence that the now infamous musical score for the shower scene was added).
Several comments: the acting in the movie is superb throughout. I felt a bit sorry for Anthony Hopkins as he has the impossible task of bringing an iconic character like Hitchcock to life, but Hopkins did pretty well. However, the scene-stealer par excellence is Helen Mirren as Mrs. Hitchcock: she truly brings the film to life. At one point, when Hitchcock suspects her of having an affair with another writer, Alma dresses down Hitchcock (figuratively), and it is one devastating scene and the highlight of the film.
Kudos as well to Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel, in the choice supporting roles of Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, respectively. Johansson is just ravishing. I don't know why but I had very little expectations going into this movie. I shouldn't have worried, as the movie simply flew by in no time and I enjoyed this a lot more than I ever expected.
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2013 3:30:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2013 3:32:10 PM PDT
Theo Canius says:
Posted on Mar 17, 2013 1:20:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 22, 2013 6:03:59 AM PDT
Hopkins took on the role. It appears he looked in the mirror and settled on pure girth as being enough to physically inhabit Hitch, which it wasn't. I could also too often hear the Hopkins of "Silence of the Lambs" through the Hitchcock vocal imitations which detracted too much from me buying into an embodiment of the title role. Yes, it was a hard task, but unfortunately it was not entirely effective.
Johansson and especially Biel did nothing to bring alive both Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. I saw tv movie style portrayals. Sure they are pretty, but are you giving "kudos" based on looks? Your right though, Mirren was the real scene stealer and carried the film. It wasn't a bad watch but it had a good number or low points. Reviews are all opinion, I mean no disrespect. Peace.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2013 4:22:02 AM PDT
Actually saying the movie is mistitled because it's more about his wife isn't really a valid argument. Her name was "Hitchcock" too.
In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 8:04:40 PM PDT
E. T. Brock says:
Yeah, this movie showed that it was the Hitchcock TEAM, him and her, that made Psycho a great movie.
Posted on Jan 3, 2014 4:43:51 PM PST
Christopher Schwinger says:
Do the special features play in a DVD player and/or computer, since I don't have a Blu Ray player?
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