Today I watched Shutter Island for the first time full well knowing the twist ending but what can I do apart from seeing how it is handled; Shutter Island is a psychological crime thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels a US Marshall who travels to a mental asylum for the criminally insane to discover and find proof for its darkest secrets. Shutter Island also stars Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Max Von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley and many others.
There are a lot of positives to this film, which include: great story, brilliant story progression, a well handled twist, a good ending and great acting. To expand, the story is really good, in depth and is also very intriguing building up many questions throughout the entirety of the film; the way some of the secrets are revealed is done very well and how the story progresses is very well done, also the way the twist was handled came off genuine and was just everything I hoped it would be. The ending of the film is very good, after the twist was explained the story ends in an Inception-esque way but nowhere near to that extent; the concept is still the same the ending isn't definitive the actual story arc ends but the ending is ambiguous so makes you think about the film after you see it. Also the acting in this film is very good, Leonardo DiCaprio is just great and conveys emotion very well; I also liked Mark Ruffalo but for me my favourite performance in the film was Ben Kingsley as Dr.Cawley there was just something about how he played the character that I thought was great.
There are a couple negatives as well, which are that I thought some of the performances were over acted and I didn't like the score; to expand some of the actors overacted being in the 1950's (even Leo at the start did it) and it was a bit off-putting. Also the score for was very over the top and took me out of the film, it was very cheesy and felt like a bad horror film's score.
Overall, even with the negatives, I thought this was a fantastic film and built on my love for Dennis Lehane's book to film adaptations I only have Mystic River to watch now and I am really pumped to see The Drop; anyway getting back on topic I thought this film was really great because of the story and the intrigue, so taking everything into consideration I rate this film: