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Director Sascha Gervasi adapts Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho to explore the relationship between the legendary British director (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), who played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in the making of her husband's terrifying 1960 classic Psycho. Scarlett Johansson stars as Janet Leigh and James D'Arcy stars as Anthony Perkins in a film also featuring Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, and Ralph Macchio.
OK, Alma Hitchcock never got her due as her husband's right hand/screenwriter/wife, but this was pretty far-fetched. Scarlett Johannsen was good as Janet Leigh.
Felt more like an HBO mini-series, rather than a full theatrical piece. Director Sacha Gervasi does a great job at framing the picture in a "Hitchcockian" way, but it takes Anthony Hopkins the full length of the movie before he finds the same pace. Scarlett Johansson is the stand out here, with a fantastic portrayal of Janet Leigh. While the chemistry between Hopkins and Hellen Mirren is undeniable, it would have served the picture better if it focused more on the making of Psycho and less on the drama between Hitchcock and his wife.