What can one say about this movie? Well.... it was better than Psychos 2, 3 & 4. That's not really saying all that much, though.
I doubt there are very many people who do not know the plot of Psycho regardless of whether or not they've seen it (making the twist ending probably the least surprising twist ending in a film). I also doubt there are two many people who don't know about the notorious shot-for-shot remake.
The only difference (apart from the completely different cast) is that the film is in colour, detracting significantly from the atmosphere and creepiness of the film. However, instead of just slapping colour in there, they did make an effort to make everything look coordinated and cool. There's a lot of pastel green and orange for some reason...
The biggest problem I had with this movie was Vince Vaughn. He sucked as Norman. I sometimes like Vince Vaughn. He can be funny. But in this movie, no. Anthony Perkins was strangely endearing, in a frigging creepy sort of way. Vince Vaughn was just wrong on every level. And hey kept wondering when the hell Ben Stiller was going to show up... (that would have been an interesting direction for the movie, actually).
I found all the casting to be kind of off in this movie. William H. Macy was about the only person I thought did a really good job, and even then.
Ugh. It's just totally pointless. They should have done something else with it. Mr. Red and I were discussing the film afterwards and she suggested perhaps they should have reversed all the genders. And change the twist to something else, coz everyone knows what it is.
And they didn't even cut the shitty wrap up scene, where buddy explains Norman's condition. The lamest scene in the original movie, and they didn't even bother to ditch it, only accentuating the pointlessness of this movie.
Directed by: Gus Van Sant. Written by: Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch. Starring: Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Heche, William H. Macy, Robert Forster, Phillip Baker Hall.