22 February 2011

Movies: Shutter Island

Shutter Island http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley

Right there that was enough for me to want to watch this movie. I didn't even care what it was about.

Other cast: Max von Sydow, John Carroll Lynch, Elias Koteas, Ted Levine, Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach in Watchmen), Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer

Seriously - Holy Crap. Scorsese! And look at the cast! Who cares what the movie is about? 


Well, it is a drama/thriller/mystery about a U.S. Marshal and his partner that ferry out to Shutter Island - an island for the violent criminally insane that no other institution can handle - to investigate the disappearance of an inmate/patient that escaped from her locked room.


With Scorsese directing, and with that cast at his disposal, my expectations were set really high. This movie better deliver after promises like that are made.

And I was not disappointed.

Excellent directing of an excellent cast on a good story. Great filmmaking all around.


Definitely worth watching. Pick a movie night that will be free of interruption. You kinda have to be in the thriller/mystery mood for this one.  Don't watch this on a "i feel like a comedy or action or porno" night.  (IF it is a comedy/action/porno night for you, then rent Orgazmo instead, and get Shutter Island for a different night).


This is a thinking movie, and paying attention and thinking through the movie does enhance the viewing experience. However, if you have trouble watching movies like that don't worry - you won't have to pay close attention because everything is told to you at the end.  But stimulating the thinking process just makes enjoying the movie that much better.  

Scorsese paid attention when filming and editing this together -- I didn't notice anything shown to the viewer for no reason, nor did I notice anything getting dropped and unresolved. No cheating, no lazy story telling, no deus ex machina. 

If I had any gripe it is a small one.There was one part of the musical score early in the flick where the music takes on a tone that seems to be setting the viewer up for something, but nothing happens. Basically it felt like a musical cue that didn't deliver on its promise. But that's just me. The score for the rest of the film was fine - enhancing the story and scenes without intruding, just as it should. I dunno why that one part stood out to me like it did.

Well, there also was a couple of continuity-spanning-cuts problems that caught my eye, and I wasn't looking for 'em. And a really weird scene involving a drinking glass that I think was intentional.

(original post 3 Sep 2010)

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