Shutter Island... Good or Bad?

by E-Ville Librarian@evpl on Saturday, July 3 2010, 2:51pm. Viewed 1,076 times.

So often I am of a single mind when it comes to liking or disliking a particular movie (just read some of my other posts and you'll see what I mean.)  But in the case of the latest Leonardo DiCaprio DVD Release, I am of two minds.  Without giving too much away, Shutter Island is the story of a man getting to the bottom of a mystery on an island prison for the clinically insane.  My beef is with the oft-overdramatic nature of the use of music and cinematography in a few scenes.  Particularly I was put off by the early scene of DiCaprio's arrival to the institution and the overwhelming use of music to underscore his arrival.  The movie itself is set in the 1950's, so some allowance must be entertained, but man it felt like I was watching a bad horror movie from the 60's instead of a modern phsychological thriller.  With these few gripes aside, I have to say Leo pulled this one off masterfully (that's a mouthfull for a guy who has not been impressed by much of the well-regarded actor's work.)  Emotionally this guy is all over the place, which is a perfect fit for both the character and the plot. Couple this with an almost "Shining-esque" tension of space and mood, and I have to say this one kept me interested.  The simmering broodieness was well played, and I have already heard several arguments about the implications that the end left behind.  What did you think?  I'm sure someone else has something to say about this one.

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addicted2books@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, July 6 2010, 10:04am

I have to admit, this one wasn't what I thought it was.  I was expecting a sci-fi/horror type movie (from what the trailers showed), not a psychological thriller.  That being said, I was not disappointed at all.  It kept me guessing right up until the end.  

I also agree with your comment about Leonardo DiCaprio...not generally a fan, but he did quite well in this one.