A few weeks ago I went to see a free preview of Hitchcock. There is nothing not to love about a free preview; you get to go to the cinema for free. A cinema trip that would usually cost you around £8 costs you nothing. The sad thing is that my local cinemas rarely have preview screenings, so I don’t go to a lot, but this time my friend Anna had tickets for Lakeside so we went along on a Sunday afternoon.
Celebrated film director Alfred Hitchcock is preparing to fund his next film, Psycho, due to the studio’s reluctance to back it. His financial commitment to the film, along with his growing obsession with his leading ladies, leads to problems within his marriage to Alma Reville.
What I Liked
- All of the performances were very good, with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren particularly impressive.
- A film about film making is always fun, especially film making in days gone by. I enjoyed My Week With Marilyn for similar reasons.
- The styling of the film is great. I particularly enjoyed the eyewear on display.
- Cleverly, despite the film dealing with the making of Psycho, you never see a second of the finished movie on screen.
- I very much enjoyed the part where Hitch listens to the film from outside the cinema doors.
- The end scene, where Hitchcock is talking directly to the camera about his next project, is a nice touch!
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What I Didn’t Like
- I can’t decide if I think it goes a little too easy on Alfred Hitchcock. There is no denying that he was a master film maker, but the rumours about how he treated his leading ladies are hard to ignore. Should this film have gone further in portraying that? I just don’t know.
- The final scene that I mentioned above, nice touch withstanding, sets the story beyond the film up to negate the happy ending. After Psycho, Hitchcock went on to make The Birds, and most people are aware of how he allegedly treated Tippi Hedren during the making of that film.
- The sequences in which Hitch imagines himself talking to Ed Gein, the murderer whom the story of Psycho is partly based, were not all that enjoyable to me.
All in all, while I enjoyed the film, I couldn’t help but think that it glossed over some of the really important points. Not only did we get a rather sanitised version of events are far as his sexual proclivities were concerned, we didn’t learn an awful lot about Hitchcock really.