By Karina Longworth
Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the premiere of his 1959 chase film, North by Northwest. “You're 60 years old!” shouts a reporter. The scene is an announcement that Hitchcock will be the kind of Hollywood movie in which veterans on the verge of obsolescence figure out how to beat the industry's system of cycling out the old in favor of the new. For Hitchcock's Hitchcock, this means breaking away from starry “baubles” like North by Northwest, and exploring riskier territory. “What if someone really good made a horror picture?” he wonders.