Posted by : Prahaas Oldman Saturday, 16 February 2013
Sacha Gervasi's directorial venture 'Hitchcock' is not one of those movies that blow you off your feet, mesmerizing you to the hilt. No. The film is based on the book 'Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho' and it successfully demonstrates the hardship blessed journey of the Master Of Suspense that begins with the release of 'North By Northwest', flows through the pre-production, shooting and post-production stages of Psycho and ends with its release to critical and commercial acclaim. There is a merge of plot and sub-plot here, and you can't really discriminate between the two as Hitchcock's personal life and issues smoothly collide and blend with his professional work, in a manner that gives equal importance to both and praises Gervasi's direction skills. Hitchcock is a predictable yet watchable film. When watched fully, it may, for some audience turn into a lovable film. There are no Hitchcockian suspense in this Hitchcock film, rather it's a silent love story surrounded by the fictional world of murder and gore. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren give splendid performances breathing life in their characters. Hopkins indeed successfully manages to convince as Hitchcock. Respect. All the technical aspects shall seem up to date to a normal-regular film goer. The conclusion is that, Hitchcock is definitely and strongly recommended for a one time watch. If it convinces you, like me, you can surely watch it again and again, unraveling the most important phase of life of the brilliant director.