Thursday, March 25, 2010

Shutter Island

The movie Shutter Island has received quite a bit of hype lately. I can't count how many people I've heard talking about how scary the "old woman from the trailer" is. So, of course, I went to see it last night.

For those of you who don't know what the movie is about, here's a brief synopsis. Searching for the missing patient of a mental institution, Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) travel to Shutter Island. When they witness strange events and warnings, they start to realize that all is not as it appears.

In the spirit of keeping things unspoiled, I'll try not to give much more of the plot away than that. Personally, I was slightly disappointed with Shutter Island. I really like it, but from the recommendations I heard, I expected more.

First, I'll list what I thought worked about the movie. The acting in the movie, especially DiCaprio's, was excellent. I also thought Michelle Williams, who I'd not seen much of before, did a great job. Cinematographicly (which I doubt is an actual word), the movie was stunning. The cinematography gives the movie an overall creepy vibe even when the actual on the screen is less than scary.

Now for what didn't work. I've seen multiple trailers toting how surprising and unpredictable Shutter Island is. Honestly, if you've seen some of the early trailers, you won't be surprised. The ending wasn't terrible, but I expected something more. I must confess that the ending was, in my eyes, somewhat redeemed by one of the movie's final lines. I haven't read the book the the movie is based on, but interestingly, I've read that this line (I'm sure those of you who have seen it know the line I'm talking about) was a movie-only line.

Overall, I'd have to say that Shutter Island wasn't terrible, but it wasn't too great either. Perhaps my expectations were too high coming into the movie. I expected a lot, and it simply didn't deliver. I'd say that it's worth seeing but not a must see.

Note: I completely forgot about this post, and it's been in edit purgatory since I wrote the review.