It’s been said that behind every great man is a great woman. As a woman I stand by this statement. I know what it’s like to unconditionally support the people I love through thick and thin. It’s that kind of love that brought the film Psycho into fruition.
Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock takes a look back into the life of Alfred Hitchcock during the making of Psycho. The film follows the conflicts Hitchcock faced while trying to cement his name into film making history. By his side through the studio battles, unhealthy habits and wondering eye stood Hitchcock’s wife and creative partner, Alma.
When I first heard about this film, I thought it was going to be specifically about Hitchcock and Psycho but it was more centered on his relationship with Alma. It was delightful to see the structure of Hitchcock’s development towards the process of Psycho and his drive towards casting, filming, dealing with the studio and ratings board, and promoting the film.
The relationship between Hitchcock and Alma was hard for me to swallow since I heard about Hitchcock’s advances towards Tippi Hedren. I can watch a Hitchcock film and separate the man from the filmmaker but it’s a difference experience watching his marriage on display. I both admired and felt sorry for Alma. Hitchcock seemed to be at times uncaring and unappreciative towards Alma. She knew that Hitchcock desired other women and though it hurt her, she still loved him. Her love aided his dreams and challenged his genius talent.
Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal as Hitchcock was entertaining and Helen Mirren’s role as Alma was endearing. The film also has a great supporting cast of Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette and James D’Arcy.
I put my knowledge of Hitchcock’s unsavory desires aside to enjoy the film’s odd-ball love story approach. In the end I did find the film to be fantastic and charming. I think any Hitchcock fans will enjoy this biopic and the journey that made Psycho happen.
Hitchcock is now playing in select theaters.