Shutter Island

Shutter Island ★★★★

Martin Scorsese finally got his best picture Oscar for The Departed, which contrary to film twitter snobbery, is a brilliant film worthy of the accolade. Marty's first order of business was to make the pulpiest thing he's ever made back to back with the most mature children's movie ever made.

Shutter Island is Marty's second straight up no trappings horror movie I want to say and it's one of the most wonderfully atmospheric things he's ever done. I've seen a lot of complaints about the cinematography and oddly blatant green screen, but what I think Marty is trying to do here is evoke the look and feel of the film noir thrillers of the 1940's and 50's.

The film would easily look as gothic and grimy in black and white, maybe with certain flashback scenes retaining the colour for obvious reasons and in black and white, the weird greenscreen would give it the look of rear projection from films of the time. So I think it's all very calculated to evoke that era.

The performances are uniformly brilliant. Leo naturally gives an excellent turn. This is probably the last time I saw Mark Ruffalo not phoning it in in a marvel film. Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow are obvious choices to have in this film and in this case the obvious choices are for the best.

The mystery is entirely psychological, and likely predictable, I'd figured out what the twist would be the first time I saw this back in 2010, but it's not about that. If anything the movie plays a lot better when you know what's happening and you appreciate from the point of view of the characters that do.

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