It’s hard to tell people how to be successfully creative, but the only advice I can give is to allow your personality to define your work. The more personal your project becomes, the more it will connect with your audience. During my first year in college, I went to school in Tucson, Arizona. Coming into the desert, I was afraid of how people would judge me, as other students did back in high school. Before I knew what kind of experience college life was, I isolated myself into my video games. More then anything, I found comfort with my older stuff like the Nintendo entertainment system I had when I was a kid. You could say that I was trying to reestablish my connection with my happy childhood.
When I took a theater performance class, we were assigned to perform a monologue on front of everyone. Feeling a creative nitch, I decided to write my own. I crafted a performance about confiding into a world of games to escape fear. The response was positive enough to add my performance to a showcase of what my community college offered. This was a breaking point that I should be a storyteller.
Some of the best storytellers are movie directors. They have mastered the art of taking a visual picture of their story and translating it into a movie. One of the best was Alfred Hitchcock. His dark stories wooed audiences and he continue to push the point of suspense. His biggest step was his production of Psycho. Even though it would seem a film with much horror potential would be an easy sell, but the biopic Hitchcock tells a different story of one mans obsession with his story and how it affects his relationship with his wife.
Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) has been riding off of the success of North by Northwest, but wants to do something different for his next picture. Rather then doing another epic thriller, he becomes fascinated with a novel about murder and a man’s obsession with his mother.
Hitchcock decides that Psycho has to be next and goes as far as financing the film himself. Despite constant stress from the concerning Paramount studio and censorship board, Hitchcock puts all his passion about murder into this story. This takes a big toll on his marriage with Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren), who is finding comfort with a writing partner. This leads Hitchcock with suspicions that his wife is having an affair. The further he investigates, the deeper he finds himself becoming the Norman Bates of his own life.
Anthony Hopkins makes for a great Alfred Hitchcock. Through some great make-up work and a fat suit, Hopkins comes alive as a man who is so powerful in Hollywood, that he believes he could get away with anything. The movie’s stellar dialogue channels Hitchcock’s desire for control into success with man’s witty hobby of persuasion. When he wants something, he seems to know how to get it. But the one thing he’s always wanted but never found, was the icy blond from his stories.
The closest thing to that was his wife. Helen Mirren makes for a powerful Hollywood woman who shares a lot in common with her husband. Never allowing to accept what she has, she goes through anything to find what she wants, whether it’s the next line of dialogue for her script or her husband sight of her presence. Hitchcock is a study of a Hollywood couple and how they work together to keep their love.
I’ll give this five copies of Psycho out of five. Both authentic and alluring, Hitchcock is another trip into Hollywood history that details the mind behind Psycho and how personal it became.