Exuberantly exploring this world of felines, food and trash!
Published February 17th 2013
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Being a voyeur seems innate to my nature. It's what I do. I watch the world whilst moving around within it, and then use what I see and interpret it into some artistic form or other. Often this makes me seem selfish, cold and a little crazy. Occasionally I talk to someone like minded and feel a reprieve for a few moments. When I watched Hitchcock I felt like I'd met some kind of kindred spirit.
Not to fret, I absolutely do not presume to possess the genius of Alfred Hitchcock (portrayed splendidly by an aging Anthony Hopkins) or his partner Alma Reville (played with strength, nuance and poise of Helen Mirren) for they truly were masters. But Alfred and I do get a very similar twinkle about our eyes when the fun side of the macabre is mentioned.
This film is chock full of all the hallmarks of a Hitchcock classic. Not just the exciting violence and suspense elements, but the way the story builds and flashes of information get handed to us in clever ways. The heart of the film though, the reason why I recommend everyone goes to watch it, is the beautifully deft way that Alma and Alfred's marriage is discussed. There isn't any judgement, nor is there acceptance for bigoted behaviour. What we are shown is a true partnership, with all of the respect and love that two people could possess for one another.
Supporting them is a very well cast ensemble of people that all portray their real life counterparts with subtlety and a sense of honour. The amount of research that has gone into each area of Hitchcock is commendable. I mean sure, not everything is accurate, and artistic licenses have been taken - it is a movie after all. But the feeling conveyed and insights explored are clearly the work of true fan.
My favourite parts? James D'arcy as Anthony Perkins, and all of the stunning late 50's design.