Shutter Island – Movie Review
Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
Shutter Island is the latest from Martin Scorsese, who won, finally, an Oscar for The Departed. It reunites him with Leonardo DiCaprio. Certainly the two of them work very well together, as they’ve been quoted often as saying that they actually have a short hand with one another. It’s quite obvious in this movie how well they interact. Leonardo DiCaprio has always been a very good actor, but this is probably his best role ever. The movie also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, who either plays Jesus or a Nazi in every movie he’s in. I don’t want to tell you too much about it except it’s too long basically at about two hours and twenty minutes. It would have been much better at under two hours. The story is about a man who is investigating the disappearance of a woman in a mental institution in the ’50s off the coast of Boston. The back story is that this is a young man who helped to liberate Dachau. It informs his view of the world. This is a movie that’s had some serious problems and apparently the ending was changed. You can see both where the problems lie and also the strengths. Martin Scorsese is a great storyteller, Leo is a great actor, and there’s a really good story here. It’s based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, who writes about Boston and cops and guilt quite a lot. This is not a perfect movie. The last half hour to hour of it is terrific. But, you didn’t need as much back story. The first hour is interminable, but it is certainly a movie worth seeing if nothing else for the pedigree. So it gets three stars.