By: Eddie Duncan (Two Beers) –
In the wake of a classic turned movie’s recent premiere, The Great Gatsby for those left wondering, I thought it might be nice to take a short stroll down memory lane of one of the greatest actors of all time: Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Shutter Island’.
Another book turned movie for DiCaprio brought much anticipation and nervousness as others previously have, and are sure to do again. There is no lack of eeriness as Shutter Island commences with DiCaprio’s character, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, and his partner Chuck Aule, played by Mark Ruffalo, aboard a boat on rocky waters with the gray, disturbed sky behind them.
The two men are headed towards Boston’s ShutterIslandAshecliffeHospital for the mentally unstable. One of the patients, Rachel Solando, has escaped, “as if she evaporated, straight through the walls,” creating uneasiness for all the doctors, nurses, guards, and of course patients. However, the patients here are not just any “usual” ones needing physiological help, but rather those who are criminally insane.
With specified orders of what to do and not to do, the Marshals find themselves just as contained as those there for mental issues. The Marshal and his partner must use all their wits and skills to solve the real mystery, revealing the past and the truth behind the gates at Ashecliffe.
The excellent cinematography combined with the music, makeup, and acting create a real sense of darkness. This is ever so clearly depicted throughout the whole movie. From the seasickness that Teddy encounters to the beads of sweat that continuously roll down his forehead throughout the film- his nervousness makes the viewer nervous.
Like my makeup?
Can’t sweat in this suit.
The accents and vocal tones earn high remarks, adding to each individual’s personality and character. Teddy is a former soldier; a simple, confused man. He’s annoyed and scared throughout the whole film, displaying this to the viewer by his yelling and determination. Dr. Crawley, played by Ben Kingsley, uses his frustrating, intelligently ignorant remarks to confuse the men even more, as they attempt to find Rachel and get off the island.
The flashbacks, nightmares, thoughts, and realities of Teddy help bring the story full circle for viewers. His tie, his wife (played by Michelle Williams), their children; all of it adds up to the dramatic ending I don’t believe anyone could see coming.
Movie lovers across the board will appreciate the acting, suspense, and enigma ShutterIsland creates. But, this intense thriller will have you on the edge of your seat, clutching your beer in one hand and the armrest in the other.
This beer isn’t necessary, but due to the suspense and intense moments throughout the film, it might help relax those watching it. One might also need another beer after several pointless, but revealing encounters with the Doctor, or when you think you figured it out, but are wrong.
This thriller truly shows DiCaprio’s depth and versatility. Despite it coming out two years ago, it’s one of those movies you can watch over and over, as long as a beer or two are at hand. If you have the nerve to re-watch this thriller, often shown on cable.tv or through On Demand, keep an eye out for the clues and deeper revelations throughout the film. Even those who are not regular thriller or mystery lovers will find this suspenseful movie something to watch on a nice, sunny day.
Take a Drink: every time you jump for any reason.
Take a Drink: every time Teddy has a flashback.
Do a Shot: when you figure it out.
Author: Eddie is a writer at heart and loves to write about TV, entertainment, horror, movies, and more. You can look to Eddie for the scoop on anything happening on TV. You can follow Eddie @Eddie20Ford.