Monday, February 22, 2010

Shutter Island - Movie Review

I was looking forward to Scorsese's latest, Shutter Island - I'd read the book some years ago when it came out and remembered it as being suspenseful with a nice twist - and it didn't disappoint. Made with the usual obsessive attention to detail that you've come to expect from Scorsese, the movie oozes atmosphere and unease and foreboding. Some of the scenes may play as puzzling and histrionic and, thus, hint at what's really going on, but I think they serve the movie's plot well. I found no reason to like DiCaprio - he's still the little kid he was when he started years ago only now he's got some wispy face stubble and just seems like he's trying to play a grownup and not doing a very good job of it. But Mark Ruffalo takes up the supporting role and it fits him well. The rest of the cast is good, too. It all makes sense by the end and there's a certain satisfaction to be had that you've just been on quite a roller coaster ride and delivered safely at the end. Great fun.

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