Soundtrack: Hitchcock

The soundtrack to the new Anthony Hopkins biopic, Hitchcock, is pretty much what you would expect from composer Danny Elfman. His Hitchcock film score is effectively evocative of Bernard Herrmann’s original Psycho score, but has enough of Elfman’s signature whimsy to keep it fresh. It’s not my favorite of Elfman’s work – that remains Edward Scissorhands – but I like it a lot. It’s both suspenseful and playful, which is both expected and welcomed. My favorite track is the finale “Funeral March for a Marionette.” The original by French composer Charles Gounod was used as the theme to The Alfred Hitchcock Show. Elfman puts a fun spin on it, which is true of the entire soundtrack.