Friday, March 26, 2010
Just came back from this movie. I was thinking about choosing between this and 'Alice in Wonderland'. However, as I'm going to movie by myself this time. I just wanna choose a movie that would use some brain power. I heard that this movie is a bit deep and complicated. Oh man, have I got my brain fed. This is a not an easy movie to watch. I think Martin Scorsese did a very wonderful job of directing this movie. Leonardo Dicaprio is the star in it. I can't recognize any other familiar face in it except Ben Kingsly who play the head of the psychiatric institution on Shutter Island, and Michelle Williams who played Leo's wife. Ben did a decent job as that role doesn't really demand him to act much. Michelle is good. I think she has been picking her roles nicely in her post Dawson Creek days. She is becoming a serious actress, I can see that she will win some awards in future. Anyway, going back to the movie. I think the main attractions of this movie are these four things:
1. Leonardo Dicaprio - his Titanic days are long gone. He has been able to become a really serious actor rather than simply a star. This movie made his look a bit old, but that fits the character nicely. This role is a complicated one that demands range of emotions and his performance is definitely captivating. Cos, without doing such a good job in acting, I don't think anyone can stand the 2 1/2 hours of a story like that. It is too early for next year for Academy Awards consideration, but his performance surely deserve a nomination.
2. The island - I don't know if this Shutter Island is really a real place off Massachusetts. Certainly, the whole scenery, the buildings, the light tower, the cliffs, the forests, etc. All these places really fit the story well by providing such a brisk, isolated, crude environment for the sane to fight to stay sane and for the insane to stay insane.
3. The story - the script is really well, as I said before, it's kinda complicated. The twist at the last 20 minutes of the movie is fine. I know some people really enjoy guessing what is the next while they are watching a movie. I'm not that type, I would rather respect the script to take me along for a drive to let what it is planned to throw at me to do just that. Cos, the story itself is not easily digested, I don't wanna keep my brain in overdrive while watching it. Well, this story is based on a novel. I've never read the book, I tell you that it is not a happy story, and it is kinda getting heavier and heavier as it goes along. Therefore, if you want an easy escape to enjoy or have a laugh. Well, this movie is definitely not gonna do it for you. I would say that this movie is one of those that deserves a second viewing.
4. Music - I think the music of this movie has really set the tone from the beginning. I don't know why, it somehow reminds me of some Hitchcock's old movies like Vertigo or Psycho. Anyway, I do find the music in this movie as good as an supporting cast in it.