“Shutter Island” – 4 stars

First, let me say this: I did it for you.  I went to see Martin Scorsese’s new film, Shutter Island, for you dear reader.  Ever since Marty pledged his support to a self-avowed child rapist last year (Roman Polanski), I decided that there was no need to support his films anymore.  It saddened me greatly that this cinematic giant would show his stripes so pathetically by showing solidarity with such a slimeball, but God created us with Free Will and Marty obviously didn’t lose any sleep over it.  But I knew that our readers would be interested in this film, indeed a couple have already expressed their interest to me directly, so I bit the bullet and went to see it anyway.

Now, this won’t be an in-depth, probing review because Shutter Island is the type of film that you’re best not knowing much about before you enter the cinema.  I will say that as this was Scorsese’s tribute to Hitchcock, he does a fine job.  Anyone who enjoys Hitchcock’s work will see lots of tributes and nods in the cinematography (from the use of music, to the camera angles, to the building of tension).  The film is solid, not exceptional but a good film.  DiCaprio turns in a fine performance and is surrounded by a great cast of supporting actors (Ben Kingsley is excellent and Patricia Clarkson steals a scene).  It is a film that engenders lots of unease, but does it very subtly and continuously.  There are lots of twists and turns and plenty to talk about on the way out of the theater.

Shutter Island does not reinvent the wheel, but it does show off Scorsese’s directing chops in his most tension-filled film since Cape Fear.  Scorsese is a fine director, but he is no Hitchcock.  And now I will return to my previously scheduled boycott.  Thank you for taking the time to read this review.

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  8. lukehamilton /

    As they’re nearly interchangeable politically (Stone and Scorsese) no apology needed, Parson.

    There are plenty of great films that weren’t directed and don’t star any of the wack-jobs listed above. I’d rather give my audience to them.

  9. The Parson /

    Retraction: I hereby remove the stopped clock status which is right at least twice and place Martin Scorsese under blind squirrel status which may or may not have occasional success; as it has been pointed out to me that it was that other America loathing, leftist loon Oliver Stone who ‘found the nut’ with WTC.
    My Apologies.
    The Parson

  10. johnjkirkwood /

    You Boys either have it all wrong or you’re not extreme enough. If I take ‘the complete ban’ road then I’m reduced to watching movies prior to 1953, Charlton Heston, Bruce Willis, and Jon Voigt(from 2004 to present). Else I realize that once in a while a Hollywood dirtbag who I wouldn’t urinate on were he on fire is the proverbial stopped clock – right at least twice in his life. For Scorsese that would mean ‘The King of Comedy’ and ‘World Trade Center’ for Sean Penn it would mean Jeff Spicolli; after that he went ‘Full Retard’ in reality.
    Still, I would never eat Ben & Jerry’s or shop at Costco, but that’s just me.
    Strength and Honor
    The Parson

  11. lukehamilton /

    I completely agree Nelson. As much as I have enjoyed some of the work that those artists have produced in the past, it’s not possible for me to support them and their endeavors if they insist on mouthing support for a murderous, totalitarian regime like Castro’s. Thanks for your comment.

  12. Nelson Fernandez /

    Hey Luke,
    Thanks for biting that bullet in our name but since you’ve chosen to boycott Scorsese for supporting the likes of “slime ball” Roman Polanski, perhaps I could persuade you to consider expanding your boycott to include a few other notable worthies. I bailed on Scorsese in 1988 for his blasphemous desecration of my Lord and Savior in The Last Temptation of Christ, but that’s just me.
    Scorsese, along with a long list of other notable Hollywood demigods which includes Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, and Sean Penn have endorsed and given the weight of their support to another slime ball named Fidel Castro.

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