The movie, nonetheless, is a breezy and cheeky way to kill 98 minutes, mostly because its leads-the entire cast for that matter-are so damn engaging. Buried under pounds of prosthetics, Anthony Hopkins brilliantly channels the watchful stillness, mordant charm, and impish wit we've come to expect from the "Master of Suspense." Despite the surface-level script, the actor manages to provide a few glimpses of the human being hidden behind the icon. Most of these come thanks to Helen Mirren, who plays Hitch's wife, Alma Reville, as a no-nonsense spitfire. The two actors clearly enjoy one another's company and the chemistry goes a long way toward communicating the couple's lifelong partnership, one built on respect and companionship, though probably not physical affection.