The movie is set in 1959 and is an intriguing behind the scenes look at the making of Psycho. It's also a fascinating insight into the man - his weird obsessions with blonde actresses, his creative genius, his determination and drive and his lifelong love, wife Alma Reville.
Anthony Hopkins is terrific as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren is equally as brilliant, if not better, as the strong and incredibly talented and supportive wife Alma.
Hitchcock gained inspiration for Psycho from the novel of the same name written by Robert Bloch, about serial killer Ed Gein and from the outset faced apathy from everyone (apart from Alma) in Hollywood about the project. He was forced to mortgage his home to finance the movie as an independent.
But, of course we know the ending - the movie was made and is a classic. We've seen the movie, and in this movie-about-the-movie we now get to also see the frustrations and the hurdles that constantly challenged him; particularly with the censorship board and the head honchos at Paramount Studios.