HITCHCOCK, the highly anticipated new film chronicling the master filmmaker's struggle to produce PSYCHO, is finally here. About a year ago the announcement that Anthony Hopkins would be playing the cinematic titan was met with excitement and interest. Then things became even more intriguing when it was reported that the always great Helen Mirren would be playing his wife, Alma Reville and Scarlett Johansson was cast as PSYCHO star Janet Leigh.
The story behind PSYCHO is an interesting and vital chapter in the great director's career. He put a boatload of his own money in the project, which caused stress at home with Alma. As shooting starts the production is behind schedule and over budget and. when finished, the studio deems the film unreleasable.
We all know how things will end, but getting a backstage look at the inner workings of Hollywood is an entertaining treat and the film's focus on his marriage with Alma will create new discoveries for even the most well-educated film aficionados.
Now the film's high expectations are being met with critical praise. Rex Reed of The New York Observer declared the film "a rare peek through the keyhole at some of the screen’s most durable legends, it’s a high-water mark in the annals of wit, charm and entertainment value." Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman praised it as a "broadly enjoyable pop-art biopic...a perfect summation of why he was the ultimate filmmaker."
HITCHCOCK opens today at Slaughter Lane. Get your tickets now.