Hitchcock is the master of suspense

26 Nov

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest directors Hollywood has ever seen, but ironically, he has never won an Oscar for his efforts.  This year’s Academy Awards will have plenty of nominations for the recent biopic starring Anthony Hopkins as the “corpulent” and aging filmmaker trying to make Psycho. Hollywood loves films about the movie business and this one delivers a poignant look at director’s creative genius, the movie studio’s stupidity, and Hitchcock’s career long relationship with his wife and partner,  Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), who has a prominent role in the success of the film.

The power of the film comes from his Hopkins and Mirren’s relationship finding itself at an emotional crossroads, but like most biopics, a darker side of the character must be explored to keep it from becoming a docudrama. In Hitchcock, the filmmaker’s not-so secret obsession with his blonde leading ladies is respectfully introduced to audiences, but kept under control by director Sacha Gervasi.

WORD COUNT: 158

Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: N/A

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