Shutter Island: DiCaprio and Scorsese Can’t Fix Bad Screenplay — 3 Comments

  1. I just came back from seeing “Shutter Island” and it’s not scary, nor is it’s aim to be. There are some graphic moments, but nothing that’ll make you keep the night light on at night. It is an awesome movie and can’t recommend it enough for you to see it.

  2. I cannot disagree more with this article. First of all, as an opinionated editorial-review standpoint, you did an under-developed job of addressing the counter-arguments, or your subject of the screenplay- instead, you attacked the movie, it’s actors, and director based off of your pre-interpretations of what the movie would, or “should” be like- and claiming to be able to cut the movie down better is not only immature, but a signal of bad journalism. When you claim that there is a “bad screenplay”, make sure you actually discuss the screenplay in question. But, then again, I am not here to address your preferred prose.
    Shutter Island did not arise from the hype of being a ‘scary’ movie; rather, it made it’s first statements as a psychological thriller. You state how the film moves slow, and that the dialogue tended to ‘drone’- but if one had actually actively participated in listening to DiCaprio’s ‘droning’ dialogue, one would be equally enthralled in the inner-workings of Daniels’ mind- the complexities of his emotional trials, and his haunted nature. His break with reality only highlights the drama of human fantasy- and the way the movie networked around two worlds at once flowed with modern class. By distracting the audience with the ‘escaped’ patient, the screenwriter was able to construct Daniels’ mental capacity to be able to shred every fiber of anything he thought he knew. Laeta Kalogridis utilized her brightest available colors to paint a vibrant watercolor of blacks and blues, then doused water all over it in the final scenes- erasing any hint of admiration or thoughts of Daniels succeeding, and flooding the minds of the viewers with waves of sorrow and sympathy. Scorsese works to connect his audience with the characters by providing open dialogue and a wide-flow of thoughts. He evaluates his scene, and works to not only address the primary plot, but the secondary as well.
    To claim that this movie is not worth the bill is illogical. It is, by far, one of DiCaprio’s most stunning performances, and a fantastic portrait of a haunted mind. It is a story of denial and mystery, and to toss it over one’s shoulder would be to ignore basic film etiquette. Shutter Island definitely stands on a land mass of it’s own- and to presume otherwise without proper evaluation would only appear juvenile.