Hitchcock (Film Review)

Feb 9, 2013
A film so interesting, you'll completely forgot you're watching Anthony Hopkins portraying Hitchcock.
Alfred Hitchock is an icon and a fascinating filmmaker. He had made films like Vertigo, The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt and Rear Window that definitely sucked you in throughout the experience. There's something about the style and charisma that made him so unique while making his movies. I own a few Hitchcock titles on DVD and I couldn't help but not getting tired of watching it over and over. In this new film by Sacha Gervasi, it tackles on Hitchcock filming and getting the inspiration for his classic "Psycho" while dealing his relationship on wife Alma Reville.

In the year of 1959, Alfred Hitchcock is brainstorming on a possible new film after North by Northwest. When he found out about a novel entitled Psycho, he was fascinated and decided to adapt it as his next feature movie. And 'till then, it focuses more on Hitchcock's emotional tension on his wife Alma at the same time finding problems on filming Psycho.

Supposedly to be released last year, Hitchcock marks as one of the two films tackling on the legendary filmmaker (the other one being HBO's TV movie "The Girls") last 2012. There were a lot of anticipation surrounding the movie just because it featured an array of A-list actors with Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock being supported by Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel. But the question is "Did I liked the movie?".

Yes. I genuinely did enjoyed this movie. Possibly a lot. Because of how gripping the storyline is, just what a Hitchcock film did. It's so enjoyable to see how Psycho is made especially the casting of  Anthony Perkins, which I thought was the best part of the movie. The way I see it, it's more of a romantic movie than you're typical biopic like The Social Network or Ed Wood. It is well-paced, superbly acted by the cast and occasionally funny.

But nevertheless, most of you came to see the movie because of Sir Anthony Hopkins. My word, Hopkins is so good in this movie. Just what I said earlier, he's so believable as Hitchcock as if I was looking the Master of Suspense out of the window. Props to the well-done make-up set for his face. Helen Mirren is good as well. But not as actually good comparing to Hopkins. Just to be honest, she wasn't very determined for the character of Alma but it's no big deal for me anyways. Scar Jo and Jessica Biel is also here. Both sexy actress and did great performance in the film.

"Hitchcock" is an great and interesting depiction on Hitchcock's life and filmmaking. It was something to remember and a must see for any film buff and Hitchcock fans alike.

The geek rates it 8/10. I will be back for next week for A Good Day to Die Hard and another TV review for Sherlock.

Hitchcock is rated PG and currently showing exclusively on Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee (Central Luzon), Abreeza (Davao), Harbor Point (Subic) and Centrio (Cagayan de Oro).

Special thanks to Ayala Malls Cinemas for inviting me to the press screening of the film!


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