While Psycho is arguably one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most well-known and recognizable works, few people are familiar with the long, difficult road the legendary director was forced to walk in order to get the film made. While this journey is a fascinating story in its own right, Hitchcock positions it as a backdrop for the charming tale of love and dedication between Hitch (Antony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).
Hopkins practically disappears beneath impressively convincing facial prosthetics, perfecting the Master of Suspense’s instantly recognizable waddle and well-documented eccentricities. The voice isn’t quite right, but it’s close enough that we’re willing to suspend disbelief, especially when it’s clear how much fun Hopkins is having as he engages in round after round of verbal sparring with his . The supporting cast, including Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel, are effective, but the
Director Sacha Gervasi painstakingly recreates the era down to the most minor of details, while at the same time throwing in plenty of fan service, including opening the film as if it were an episode of the beloved Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series. While there are plenty of dramatic scenes, including an emotionally charged altercation between the elderly lovebirds in the third act, the overall experience is light-hearted, humorous, and immensely enjoyable.