My Thoughts On… Shutter Island

Just a quick reminder that My Thoughts On… posts may contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film in question, it may be best to move on!

I knew that Shutter Island was one of those films that I would never get around to watching unless my friend Anna made me. There are various films like this (The Green Mile was one of them); it’s not that I don’t want to see them, it’s just that there is something that puts me off, and I need that push to actually watch it. It always ends up coming from Anna because she is the only person who will say “Come on, we’re watching it” if I dither over it.


Drama 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 nearby. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • I believe that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best Hollywood actors working today. He just makes decent film after decent film, and this was no exception. I think it takes a really strong actor to carry a film like this; he’s the central character and appears in just about every scene.
  • I don’t watch an awful lot of thrillers, but when I do, I really enjoy them, especially when they are as well made as this one. There was just the right amount of tension all throughout the film.
  • I kind of guessed what was going on rather early, but for some reason I discounted it and changed my mind. I even said to Anna that I hated the idea of someone trying to convince you you’re crazy; that idea that it doesn’t matter how often or loudly you protest that you are not, it just makes you seem even crazier. It’s terrifying.
  • The reveal at the end was very satisfying. I always like the moment when the penny drops, and I usually find myself having a physical reaction to it! That might sound a bit dodgy, but it’s true! I get very excited!
  • The supporting cast were all very strong alongside Leonardo DiCaprio – Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley in particular. Michelle Williams was also great (as ever) in a very small role. I never get over that feeling of “Hasn’t Jen Lindley done well for herself?” when watching her.
  • The atmosphere of the film is exactly right, exactly what you would expect from a film set in a mental institution situated on an island.

What I Didn’t Like

  • I can’t honestly say that there’s anything I didn’t like about this film. I enjoyed it so much that I want everyone else to watch it. Of course, most people already have, but I need to buy it for my brother-in-law because I know he’ll love it!

I just have one more film to write about to catch up now! It’s nice to be up to date, it’s now just a case of staying that way!

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