Composed By: Danny Elfman

Distributed by: Sony Music

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the nonfiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, the movie Hitchcock begins in 1959.  Although still as successful movie creator, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is plagued by doubt, especially after a reporter implies that it may be time for him to retire.  Seeking to do something new and innovative that will have everyone talking, Hitchcock decides to take on a horror film based on the serial murderer Ed Gein.  The creation of the film threatens to ruin his marriage to writer Alma (Helen Mirren), Hitchcock's health and his very career.

                The music of Hitchcock was created by American composer Danny Elfman who became famous as the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Oingo Boingo before turning his talents toward film score composition.  Since then, he has composed musical scores for such well-known films as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Mission Impossible, Charlotte's Web, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Terminator Salvation, Wanted, Almost Alice and more.  Television credits include Tales from the Crypt, Dilbert, Desperate Housewives and The Simpsons.

                While I usually enjoy Danny Elfman's music immensely, I found the compositions created for Hitchcock to be tediously boring.  I tried to like the dark orchestral scores that tended sometimes toward the overly dramatic, I really did.  Unfortunately, all the musical score of this film did was lull me to sleep...on numerous occasions.  I  had to listen to the album a number of times before I could get the full effect. 

                The only track I really enjoyed was the Funeral March for a Marionette, a track that I remember from repeats of the television series Hitchcock Presents.  It offered up a quirky bit of music that gave the last track of the album a nostalgic feel, otherwise, I could have done without having to listen to the twenty-seven track album, despite its rather short length of almost forty minutes.


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