Film of the Day (04/26/18): Shutter Island

Shutter Island
Written By Laeta Kalogridis
Directed By Martin Scorsese

I’m sure it’s somewhat surprising that, eight years later, I still hadn’t seen this one. My reason for avoiding it was simple, despite being such a fan of both Scorsese and DiCaprio. I felt like the twist was obvious from the first time I saw the trailer.

Fast forward nearly a decade and I decided that, even if I was right, that shouldn’t stop me from enjoying the ride. When these two team up, great things happen, so I sat down and gave it a shot. I’m glad I did, because it has some great performances (I love the reserved, mysterious nature of Ben Kingsley, especially) and gorgeous photography. And for everything that Scorsese had to his name by this point, I feel like this was the first time he got to really cut loose and just enjoy himself. I could be way off on that, but that’s the impression I got while watching.

I did really enjoy the nature of the narrative mystery and, despite being certain that I knew how it would end, certain twists and turns along the way caused me to second-guess myself. That added a whole new dynamic to the experience, which certainly added to my overall enjoyment. This is a damn fine film, albeit perhaps a bit overlong for what it accomplished. That said, although I picked up a few bread crumbs along the way, I would bet this is the kind of film that benefits from a rewatch, to see how many subtle hints are dropped throughout the dialogue. This is certainly worth the watch, but I’m guessing most people already knew that since I’m way late to the party…

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