MOVIE: Psy­cho

The Morning Bulletin - - TV GUIDE LIFE -

ONE, 8.30pm, M (1998)

On the heels of Good Will Hunt­ing, for which he re­ceived wide­spread crit­i­cal ac­claim, di­rec­tor Gus Van Sant chose this project, for which he re­ceived a ti­dal wave of de­ri­sion. So why did he choose to re­make, in colour, Hitch­cock’s im­mor­tal se­rial-killer thriller? Out of sheer cu­rios­ity, he sim­ply wanted to bring it to a new gen­er­a­tion of view­ers who might other­wise never find the time to in­vest in­ter­est in the Mas­ter’s cin­e­matic opus. So give him a break! Cu­rios­ity should never re­ally kill the cat. The cast is ad­e­quate, the pho­tog­ra­phy is pol­ished, and the mood is un­easy, but ul­ti­mately it’s an in­ef­fec­tual repli­ca­tion.

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