Monday, February 22, 2010

Movie Review: Shutter Island

"Is it raining, is it snowing?  Is a hurricane a-blowing?  Not a spec of light is showing, so the danger must be growing."

Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s 21st narrative feature film, is a divine study of redemption, tragedy and madness.  It’s a saturated color noir thriller with dream sequences that would have made Hitchcock whimper with delight.  Scorsese is both student and master of the medium with each frame of his new film reflecting his vast understanding of the craft and a drive to guide the viewer to a higher plane of movie watching.  This man is in love with film and that love is infectious.  Very worthy of the little bit of work it takes to fully appreciate all 138 minutes of this sometimes slow, but always elegant film, I’ll wager Shutter Island is even better upon another viewing.  From dream sequences dripping with symbolism and grim flashbacks (the traumatic kind, not the back story kind) to the unsettling tone that is both seductive and repulsive, it hypnotizes.