‘Hitchcock' comes up hauntingly short

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sir Anthony Hopkins transforms himself into one of the most famous filmmakers of all time.

Alfred Hitchcock is a name that's haunted audiences across the world for more than 50 years.

His first feature film came in 1925, The Pleasure Garden – about a chorus girl who marries a soldier of fortune. It's a drama mixed with a little bit of comedy.

It would be nearly 30 years later, when horror became his middle name – with the release of films like Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest and Psycho.

This year's biopic switches attention to 1959 -- the year of production on Psycho. The classic starring Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, still stands as one of the most groundbreaking films ever made.

Hitchcock explores the filmmaker's passion and drive to make the film nobody believed he could. A significant amount of time is spent explaining the relationship between him and his wife Alma Reville, (Helen Mirren).

More of the focus needs to be on slicing up the truth about the man everyone wants to know. It leaves audiences wanting to know more about the story of Psycho – not the left over bits and pieces.

Despite early Oscar buzz surrounding Hitchcock, it's already out of Best Picture contention.

Both Hopkins and Mirren will see some love – but the film itself fails to deliver a promising story. Hopkin's makeup artist could have done a more accurate job at mimicking Hitchcock's features. At times, you start to question whether this is the real master of horror or just a pretender.

With all its hype – it doesn't live up to the Hitchcock standard.

Hitchcock is rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material.

Runtime: 1 hour and 38 minutes


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