A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959. (IMDb)
I went into this not really knowing what to expect. Was it going to be more about the movie behind the scenes, or about Hitchcock himself? It ended up being a little bit of both, but I’ll be honest with the you, the stuff that concerned the making of the actual movie was more interesting to me than his personal life. Thankfully, Helen Mirren was there to make the other side of the movie not as dry. But, when has Helen Mirren ever not been an asset to anything she’s in? Anthony Hopkins makes a faithful Hitchcock. But it was the ladies of the movie that made more interesting. Along with Mirren, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and Toni Colette as Peggy Robertson, his assistant make this a little more watchable. There are some really fun moments and bits from Psycho itself, but unless you’re a fan of Psycho and/or Hitchcock himself, a lot of it will go over your head. Overall, even though there are some great moments, those don’t balance out with the slower ones.
It was easy to get me to do this TV show. All the roles I’ve ever gotten, you’ve seen the roles I’ve gotten. They’ve been wonderful but so many of them have been downtrodden. They’ve been women who are pretty much asexual, they haven’t been realized, they have careers but no names. And all of a sudden I was given this opportunity to play someone sexy, mysterious, someone complicated. And it was a chance to use my craft. It was a chance to transform. It was a chance to surprise myself and the public. And I took it. - Viola Davis