Last week I spotted a banner with the word “Hitchcock” and under that in smaller letters “Coming Soon” on an article titled “Halloween Tours That Give You the Creeps.” I’m not usually one to click ads, but I dared to click it and was immediately captivated, thrilled, and excited about what I discovered.
Apparently they’ve made a movie about Alfred Hitchcock. Specifically, it’s about the trials it took to get Psycho made.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is going to be one of those movies with Academy Award-worthy performances, writing, directing, costumes, cinematography…
Okay, maybe I’m getting carried away. All I’ve seen is the trailer on the Fox Searchlight site so far. But what I saw I loved. Drama, conflict, wit…these are the things great movies have, right? That’s what the trailer showed.
Oh, and did I mention it’s also loaded with Academy Award winning actors? Anthony Hopkins plays the title character. Helen Mirren plays his wife. Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh. Jessica Biel is Vera Miles. James D’Arcy stars as the Psycho himself Anthony Perkins. (I swear, when I first saw him I was like, “OMG! He is Anthony Perkins! Either that or the real AP has aged super well and can play himself all these years later.” Nope, it’s an actor who they’ve done a remarkable job casting.)
I guess I should add casting and makeup to the list of Oscars this movie should be up for. Because both Biel and Johansson are also remarkable portraits of the women they play, and Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock? Whoa! Impressive! This really just might be one of his greatest performances yet.
Anyway, this is one I’m highly anticipating the release of and would like to see it’s opening weekend. Sadly, it’ll be a limited opening on November 23, 2012. Doubtful Nashville will be one of the lucky cities to get it. Chicago might though. And it’s not too far away. Hmmm, Hitchcock might make a great excuse to jaunt up to one of my favorite haunts.