Monday, December 17, 2012


        Anthony Hopkins in a dead on portrayal of famed director Alfred Hitchcock is genius. Helen Mirren also stars as his wife, Alma and it's a blast to watch them recreate the period in Hitchcock's life during the making of "Psycho". The style and tone of the film is light-hearted and fun.

          Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel co-star respectively as Janet Leigh and Vera Miles and James D'Arcy plays the role of Anthony Perkins.  Other co-stars include Danny Houston, Toni Colette, Michael Wincott, Micheal Stuhlbarg, Kurtwood Smith, and Ralph Macchio. The film is very well cast and even the actors seem to really be enjoying themselves. 

           Movies about Hollywood's past don't always get it right but based on a book about Mr. Hitchcock, screenwriter John McLaughlin introduces us to a Hitchcock most people never knew as well as a detailed period in time. It's a fun look behind the camera with some standout moments that I won't spoil here.

            Mr. Hopkins and Ms. Mirren should be given serious Oscar consideration. And at the same time, serious consideration should be given to Mr. Hopkins's makeup. It's remarkable, even in closeup. I highly recommend the film for Hitchcock fans and film buffs in general.

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