“Is it better to live as a monster or to die as a good man?”
- Shutter Island
The film started out kind of slow – it had a lot of dialogue in the beginning. Now, this is the type of movie that you need to pay attention to as there are many characters being introduced. Also, it’s also set up as a sort of detective type movie.
While watching the movie, I felt that I had to be alert the whole way through. There were times where characters were being talked about and I had to think back to a prior scene to remember who the character was. Again, there is a lot of dialogue in the beginning and it contributes a lot to the film.
Let me be honest, I had very high hopes for this film going in. And, let me tell you – it just wasn’t as great as I had hoped for. It wasn’t a bad movie, it was just ok.
It kind of just left me hanging – it just didn’t have the “punch” I was expecting. (If you’re into psychological thrillers like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about – those twists, turns and unexpected endings that make me just want to watch these movies time and time again).
Throughout the movie, there are bits and pieces of the puzzle presented through flashback scenes. While watching the film, I felt more like a detective trying to put the pieces together.
In the end, the pieces seemed to come together. But, I still wasn’t that satisfied with it. (If you’ve seen this movie (among one of my favorite psychological thrillers), it’s very similar in it’s style of trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together).
The end really just left the audience hanging. I wasn’t quite sure if the message was clear enough. It was more of a “draw your own conclusion” type of ending.
Overall, the movie was ok. Since I’m a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, I did enjoy the “Hitchcockian” feel of the movie. It really did remind me of his work.
If you’re a big fan of Martin Scorsese and just have to see all of his films when they first come out, I’d say go for it. If that’s not the case, I’d say this one is better if you wait to check it out on DVD.
Happy movie watching!