A Review of Psycho
He was known to his audience as the ‘Master of Suspense’ and what
Hitchcock mastered was not only the art of making films but also the
task of taming his own mad imagination Hitchcock told his stories
through intelligent plots, witty dialogue and a spoonful of mystery
and murder. In doing so, he inspired a new generation of filmmakers
and revolutionized the thriller genre, making him a worldwide legend.
His brilliance was sometimes too bright: He was hated as well as
loved, oversimplified as well as over analyzed. Hitchcock was
eccentric, demanding, inventive, impassioned and he had a great sense
of British humour.
The story Psycho has an interesting plot. It starts off with a
panoramic view panning over a big bustling American city. The camera
goes into a window and this is the film’s starting point. There are
two characters talking it appears that they are lovers, as the woman,
Marion, is only half dressed. The man, Sam, starts to talk about how
they were going to see each other again and their financial problems.
After this rather boring conversation Marion gets dressed and she
walks off to work where a man in a cowboy hat, a client you would
assume, is buying something from Marion’s boss and gives Marion the
$40,000 to look after. Marion’s boss wants Marion to put it in the
bank for safe storage. You don’t want $40,000 hanging around now do
you? But the deceitful Marion runs away and tries her luck at starting
a new life. With that amount of money who could blame her?
When Marion is driving along the freeway she gets tired so she pulls
over to have a nap. Sleeping and driving. Not a good combination! When
Marion wakes up, some time in the morning, she is found by a
mysterious police Sheriff who, suspiciously does not remove his
sunglasses, and has a little chat with Marion. He checks up on her and
asks if she is OK. I think most people would if you saw this woman
sleeping in her car on the side of a main road. The Sheriff suggests
that the she should have slept in a Motel and he asks her why she
didn’t. When Marion leaves it appears as if the Sheriff is following
her but its just Marion’s paranoid imagination as the Sheriff turns
off at an exit along the freeway. It’s the money that does it!
As she has been told by an authority of the law she, unusually, does
what he says. I say unusually because in this day and age… well. It
start to get dark again and it starts to rain. Whilst she is driving
she catches a glimpse of a sign for the Bates’ Motel and pulls into
it. When she gets out of her car she waits, knocking at the door of
the Motel’s office. In the house on the hill there is figure moving
around and it peeps out of the window, like a little old lady but not.
The figure comes rushing down quickly to let Marion the soaked rat
into the office...