Had Alfred Hitchcock decided to make Psycho in the 21st century, he would have had no problem. A modern day movie studio would have shown little hesitation towards the film idea, and even if they had, Hitchcock could have gone straight to kickstarter to make it happen. However, Alfred Hitchcock made the film in 1960 and the tools in place and attitudes were much different than they are now.
In Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock—the first narrative film directed by Sacha Gervasi—Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) is looking for his next big, shocking movie. Following up North by Northwest, he is drawn towards Robert Bloch’s novel, Psycho, a story inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein. Unable to secure funding for the film, Hitchcock decides—with the go-ahead from his wife and collaborator Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren)—to mortgage his Bel Air mansion and finance the movie himself. Hitchcock is both a look at the creative process of the director during this picture, and a glimpse into the life of collaboration and jealousy he shared with his wife Alma. In many ways, Hitchcock is a creative love story.
On top of the stellar performances by Mirren and Hopkins, the film features a cast of electric co-stars: Scarlett Johansson nails it as the ice blonde Janet Leigh, Toni Collette is perfectly poised as Hitchcock’s loyal assistant Peggy Robertson, and Jessica Biel suitably plays Vera Miles, the actress who just cannot wait to get away. And to top it all off, Danny Elfman does wonders controlling the film’s score while never overshadowing the original composer Bernard Herrmann.
If you’re looking for a movie that both you and the in-laws will enjoy this weekend, Hitchock is it.
Hitchcock opens in limited release this Friday, November 23rd.
For more details visit Fox Searchlight.