I guess it's better than watching Barney reruns...
The plot, the confusion, the acting, the complete lack of anything interesting
I have heard again and again how all of my friends loved the movie Shutter Island and I must say that I just don't get it. First of all, I still can't get past Leonardo DiCaprio being the teen crush of my generation and he still looks somewhat like a scrawny teenage boy to me. Because of this, I have a hard time taking him seriously and this role was mean to be serious.
The next thing that keeps tripping me up is that I was under the assumption that this was to be a suspense/thriller but I was not in suspense or thrilled at any point during this movie. I wanted so badly for someone/something to jump out of the bushes during this movie and I was severely disappointed. The scariest part was that creepy old lady patient at the beginning who motions Leo to "Shhhhhhh!"
The rest of the movie was just plain confusing. I don't mind a good film that leaves you sitting there thinking, "Wow, that wasn't what I expected at all!" But when I'm sitting there thinking, "Wow, why am I still sitting here?" then I feel like I'm wasting my time.
I also think this movie had WAY too much hype before it came out. What ever happened to letting the public be pleasantly surprised because they had no clue a movie was going to be this good? Does word of mouth count for nothing these days? I seriously can't remeber the last film that lived up to the hype that the media created for it. Over the years I have also learned that if the critics raved about it then I'm going to hate it and that the general public is a much more reliable place to get my reviews because nobody is paying them!
All in all, I have seen worse, but I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this movie because there's plenty of good stuff out there to watch.