The making of psycho is the basis of this film and is better than the source material. The titular character is played masterfully by Anthony Hopkins. The actor looks and sounds like Hitchcock by his mannerisms and voice inflections. The actor deftly portrays the man as controlling and self-absorbed yet somehow a film making genius. Helen Mirren as his wife shows she was emotionally involved with another man but took her husband to task for being too obsessive with his lead actresses. The couple worked best together as she was an editor of her husbands films and the music of the shower scene was shown to be her idea. Scarlett Johannson as janet leigh was well cast but she should have been seen more involved in the movie. She was what drove the original film. Hardly any time was spent on the acting of Bates and the addition of Hitchcock talking to a ghost of Bein was odd. The film was in limited release so many people did not get to see this. It is worth watching and the scene with Scarlett with hitchcock as he directs the shower scene shows a little of film legendry. The premiere scene is also well done as hitch feels vindicated.
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