From beginning to end, Scorsese’s style is infused with a combination of Kubrick and Hitchcock. This infusion can be seen in the beautifully executed 1950’s presence from the war sequences to the costumes and attitude of the characters, the wonderfully attentive relationship Scorcese developes with light throughout the film, the strong acting delivered by the characters (especially Leonardo DiCaprio) that made each scene more sincere and honest, and its classic feeling in general. Every scene in the movie could stand on its own in terms of compostition and strength and therefore altogether the movie was indeed hauntingly beautiful.
The storyline of Shutter Island is based on the novel of the same name. I have not yet read the book, but I can say that if it is anything like the screenplay for this film I will gladly go get it. The mystery and thriller aspects in the movie accompanied by the borderline film noir quality keeps you on the edge of your seat as the tension and suspense builds. Yes, the plot has its twists and turns but that classic feel along with Scorsese’s masterful handling kept it out of the realm of the impossible and cheesy. This is definitely one of those movies that I would love to see again on the big screen, because of its aesthetic appeal and enjoyable plot, so I recommend it to everyone out there!
My rating: 8.5/10