Kish, Russell, and I went to see Shutter Island last night. The theater was packed, and the audience reaction was mixed. The three of us liked it, but I overheard the teenage girl sitting next to me tell her friends: “Well, that is the worst movie I’ve ever seen.”
Richard’s review does a good job of describing the movie’s plot and setting. I thought the Martin Scorcese’s direction not only paid homage to Hitchcock, but also to movies like The Shining and The Sixth Sense and even The Usual Suspects. It was much move overtly violent than typical Hitchcock fare, but it had a great sense of overall creepiness that goes well with the Hitchcock ouevre. At the end of the movie I found myself wondering which of the scenes were real and which were not. The reveal at the end of the movie made me want to go back and review the first part of the movie to see whether, like The Sixth Sense, the reveal was perfectly consistent with the characters’ actions and dialogue. My suspicion is that it is. It helps to explain, for example, why the heavily armed guards greeted the characters of Leonardo diCaprio and his new partner when they arrived at the island by ferry.
After leaving the theater, Kish, Russell, and I went to Five Guys for burgers and talked a lot about the movie. Not many modern movies can spur so much conversation. Any movie that can do so is worth seeing.