First you need to know, I donâ€™t know how the fuck to review Shutter Island, I really donâ€™t but I feel compelled to put it out there anyway. Iâ€™m just not sure this will be of any use to any of you, so do with it what you want. Keep in mind, I read this book like 2 years ago, which means I knew what was going to happen even if some of the plot was a little foggy from all that time ago.
The Basics: Two US marshalls go to a mental institution on an island in the 1950s because a female patient has escaped. Teddy (DiCaprio) starts questioning the institution and that maybe something more is going on than people are saying. This is very, as many have said before me not my words, Hitchcockian.
The Good: I loved the Hitchcockness (I love making up words) of the movie, very dark, very eerie and lots of tension building. Leonardo was amazing, if you ask me, and I donâ€™t think his Bostonian accent was as bad as some think it was. I was just glad he didnâ€™t overdo it like Matt Damon always does. The cinematography was beautiful and really portrayed the chill of the scenes.
The Bad: Itâ€™s hard to say, because I couldnâ€™t help but compare it to the book the entire time, which it did stay as close to as I can tell. I kept thinking though that this might seem, to someone who didnâ€™t know the story, really far out there. One thing I have to mention is the music, it seemed to me the tension-building music kept coming at the wrong moments it made you kind of want to laugh, which isnâ€™t always good for this kind of movie.