FilmNovember 15, 2012 at 5:29 am

“Hitchcock” Treads on Old Territory

Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” is the latest installment in a string of films that flirt with Hollywood nostalgia and the golden age of cinema. It is a biopic centered on The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, as he rides on the success of his latest film “North–by–Northwest” while struggling to remain in control of his marriage and career as he embarks on the making of “Psycho.”

For a subject that is so enticing, “Hitchcock” falls surprisingly flat. Although Gervasi tries, through a remarkably Hitchcockian approach, to gain insight into the man behind the name, he ultimately fails to achieve anything of particular significance. Mr. Hitchcock is understood to be a troubled man, but the reasoning behind this paranoia lacks depth and never quite extends beyond the level of basic entertainment.

While “Hitchcock” more than stands on its own, it feels very similar to last year’s “My Week with Marilyn,” which detracts from the overall impact of the film. That being said, Anthony Hopkins’s portrayal of the notorious director is fascinating to watch and will surely garner him nominations in the upcoming awards season.

“Hitchcock” is undoubtedly an entertaining film, especially for anyone who is familiar with the man and his work, but if you’re looking for excitement, you’d be better off watching an original Hitchcock film.

Directed by Sacha Gervasi
Starring Anthony Hopkins,
Helen Mirren, Scarlett
Johansson, Jessica Biel

2.5/5 stars

 
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