Sunday, June 30, 2013

Now at Netflix: Hitchcock (2012)

Hitchcock (2012) - Directed by Sacha Gervasi; Written by John J. McLaughlin; Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg.

By Kenny Howell

Alfred Hitchcock was a genius, made classic movies, but also a giant turd to women.

That problem with his personal life, is also the problem with a biopic of him and his making of Psycho.

The movie follows the production of the landmark Hitchcock film, the problems it had getting made, and the thought process behind the brilliant work. When the movie focuses on that, it is really interesting, because you can sort of see the master at work, channelled through a pretty good performance by Anthony Hopkins.

But the other side to Hitchcock was that he was a manipulator of women and kind of a creep. Director Gervasi is not afraid of showing the really bad side of him. The problem is that he also spends a lot of time applauding his genius. The movie shifts back and forth from loving and judging him, and makes it a little disjointed. They try to wrap up the story in a nice little package, and act like everything was great from then on out, but anyone who knows anything about the making of The Birds, Hitchcock did not get himself totally under control.

Still, the movie is worth seeing to watch the making of such an amazing movie.

Hitchcock is also available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime Instant.

Rating: **1/2

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