Shutter Island : Good; Leo : Not so Good

Shutter IslandThanks goodness for books! I saw the trailer for “Shutter Island” and before I could even say how great I thought it looked, the dreaded words “Starring Leonardo DiCaprio” came up on the screen. For most people, that would be enough to stop them experiencing this psychological drama, but I’m not a mere movie-goer, I’m a movie-going Librarian!  I looked it up on the Read the Book – Then See the Film section of our website and found that the movie is based on a book written by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone.

I got it out, read it in two nights and it totally sucked. No, not really, it was actually AWESOME! And not an aged-teen-heart-throb-on-the-decline in sight. So if you like psychological thrillers that slowly ratchet up the pace to a zenith, you should definitely grab Shutter Island.

If you like to read the books on which movies and TV shows are based you can check out either Read the Book – Then See the Film which has a listing of books that are in the process of being made into movies, or Books into Film which lists books that have already been made into movies or adapted for television.

Either way you can annoy people you know by telling them the ending or complaining about how the TV/Film adaption “missed the point”, is obviously “not as good as the book” and if you particularly don’t like someone you could say that the film is a good introduction for people who may not have it in them to read the proper version.

11 thoughts on “Shutter Island : Good; Leo : Not so Good

  1. zackids 23 February 2010 / 1:19 pm

    I saw the movie at the weekend and I thought it was great. It had lots of twists and turns and the characters were really interesting. The stand out performance was Ben Kingsley as the director of the institution. The trailer made it look pretty scary but it’s more of a psychological thriller. Definitely worth seeing, despite the Press reviewer’s 2 and a half stars.

    • Lisa 23 February 2010 / 3:01 pm

      2.5 stars? I sense another Leo-Hater in CHCH

  2. tewp 23 February 2010 / 3:02 pm

    I think Dennis Lehane is a terrific crime writer for his books set in the world of the big city but this novel, a standalone, was a gothic barnstormer that relied on a trick ending that didn’t really add up. I,ve seen the movie and it is possibly Martin Scorsese’s weakest film along with “Cape Fear” which was similarly an over the top melodrama. Well acted, well photographed, well edited and quite absurd. The score, by Robby Robertson, was interesting although it thundered at a deafening level. I didn’t find it very gripping at all and at over two hours it was a lot of carryon for little payback.

    • keenan.j 24 February 2010 / 4:38 pm

      I realy enjoyed Shutter Island, so much so that I decided not to see the film as I didn’t think it could live up to the book.

  3. rachaelccl 24 February 2010 / 7:17 pm

    But Leo’s good! 😉

    • Lisa 25 February 2010 / 11:30 am

      I used to think he was good too but there is something freaky about his baby face on a middle-aged body, maybe it should be Romeo-and-Juliet-Leo = Good, Post-Man-in-the-Iron-Mask-Leo = Bad?

      • rachaelccl 25 February 2010 / 12:43 pm

        Yeah, I do see your point there. Also, he has a bung-eye, which distracts me now whenever I watch him. I think he’s quite a good actor though.

    • MichaelA 25 February 2010 / 2:16 pm

      Leo’s last good role was in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

      • Lisa 25 February 2010 / 3:11 pm

        Ooh harsh – that was 17 years ago! I guess you weren’t a Titanic fan then? I thought he was good in Romeo and Juliet, played a sappy teen perfectly, might not have been much of a dramatic stretch though. I never noticed his bung-eye, will have to keep a look out if I accidentally watch any of his future output.

  4. Shutter Island 8 March 2010 / 2:08 pm

    A strange sick head-game movie. There was very little real content in this film. It was well done but I’ve seen this plot done too many times before. I gave it 3/5 because if Hollywood isn’t trying to shock a person with gore then its trying to mess with the viewers head. I do not find this entertaining in any way.

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