In full disclosure let me say up front that Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren could star in a Zombie film and I would go see it. That said, I figured the story of Alfred Hitchcock making his piece de resistance, Psycho, had to be interesting. In the film, Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins, who is hardly recognizable due to the weight he gained for the part, plays the title role brilliantly - as in Oscar worthy brilliantly.
The story takes place in 1959, when Hitchcock was full of self doubt and feared that at any moment he would no longer be able to continue his long streak of successful films. He was looking for a movie that would keep him on top and prove his critics wrong - that his day was not over. He came upon the book Psycho, and the rest is history.
Well, it wasn't that simple. That, my friends is what this movie is all about. And, woven throughout the movie is the love story between Hitchcock and his wife Alma, played by Helen Mirren. The marriage is between a talented, demanding, and needy man and a strong and talented woman who is a devoted wife and in many ways provides him much of his strength.
And, Mirren and Hopkins are not the only strong characters. Scarlet Johansson plays an excellent Janet Leigh. And, Jessica Biel plays the role of Vera Miles, an actress Hitchcock felt chose a family over films.
Obviously, I recommend the film. As one critic said, "All I can say is the film had me at 'good evening' and held me until the final 'good evening'." I couldn't agree more.