After having huge success with North by Northwest, 60-year-old filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) reads Robert Bloch’s novel “Psycho,” based on the serial murders by Ed Gein, and becomes obsessed with making it his next film, to the point of funding it with his own money. Meanwhile, his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) is having her own issues as she feels she’s losing her husband to the film’s nubile starlets, so she decides to work on her own project with a good-looking younger writer (Danny Huston).
Movielovers’ endless fascination with the stars and filmmakers of yesteryear has led to many decent films like last year’s My Week with Marilyn and Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles.
Directed by Sacha Gervasi of Anvil! fame, Hitchcock offers a similar thrill of getting inside the head of the famously eclectic filmmaker during one of his most creative phases. Despite being based on the novel “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” this isn’t just about the making of the filmmaker’s most successful thriller as much as it’s about the stress put on his marriage by his decision to make said movie.