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Psycho (1960)

by

Jeff Nelson

Psycho (1960) is an absolute masterpiece from every angle.

Psycho (1960)
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It goes without saying that Alfred Hitchcock is and always will be a film legend. He puts his heart and soul into each and every movie he makes. There isn't a lot to say about Psycho (1960) that hasn't been said countless times.

Marion Crane goes on the run after stealing $40,000 from one of her employer's clients. Taking a wrong turn in a storm, Marion arrives at the isolated Bates Motel, run by Norman, who is constantly at the call of his mother. The screenplay is filled with phenomenal dialogue and a pacing that can best be described as perfect. In fact, the biggest problem with this film is that it wraps around the viewer so intensely that it makes the film feel so short. As the film continues, the suspense continues to get greater and doesn't let up. Each character is written so well that the audience can't help but genuinely want each of the leads to get out alive. Honestly, whether you've seen it or not, I'm positive you know the twist ending since it's mimicked so often.

Accompanying the superb script is a fantastic group of actors. It's without a doubt that the entire cast does an excellent job bringing the story to the big screen. Anthony Perkins does a great job as Norman Bates and is very convincing throughout. A better actor couldn't have been called upon for this role. Vera Miles and John Gavin are both outstanding actors that mirror Perkins well. Janet Leigh is an unforgettable actress and her shower scene will always be one of the greatest movie moments of all time. Her acting feels very natural, which allows for the audience to relate to her character more. The entire cast does a wonderful job of connecting and making their relationships feel real.

As everybody knows, the movie is in black and white. The film was made on a rather small budget, as well. The cinematography is stunning, to say the least. Everything in Hitchcock's atmosphere is eerie and captivating making you feel uneasy from the moment that anyone steps foot into the Bates Motel. Hitchcock makes sure to take the most important scenes of the movie and handle them with care. He focuses on the crucial moments of the film with a very artistic and creative eye.

No matter how many years go by, Psycho (1960) will always be remembered very fondly. For those of you who haven't seen it, I heavily urge you to check it out. Just hearing what happens and watching clips don't do this film justice. This atmospheric film is a classic and should be passed from generation to generation. Psycho (1960) is an absolute masterpiece from every angle.

My Rating = Five Stars

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