Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Shutter Island? Shutter Awesome, more like!

Today, Trailerwatching has a glance at one of the most controversial promos of the season. When some more sober Martin Scorsese fans caught sight of the trailer for Shutter Island, they dropped their pinze nez in shock, pressed a reversed …

Wed, Oct 21, 2009, 00:21

   

Today, Trailerwatching has a glance at one of the most controversial promos of the season. When some more sober Martin Scorsese fans caught sight of the trailer for Shutter Island, they dropped their pinze nez in shock, pressed a reversed hand to their brow and, like a maiden aunt confronted with gay porn, swooned dramatically to the floor. Just look at this thing. It looks like a trailer for an Ed Wood film for Pete’s sake. This can’t be the same man who directed The Age of Innocence. Can it? When news came in that the film’s release date had been shifted from Oscar-friendly November to dumping-ground spring, the dowagers felt their point was proved. Have a look…

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Now, the nay-sayers are entitled to their view. Here is mine: Shutter Island? Shutter AWESOME, more like. This looks brilliant. If I have to watch a Leonardo DiCaprio film I would rather it were one in which he approaches a mental asylum by boat and, when quizzed about its function, says “For the criminally insane. Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!” (I may have imagined the deranged cackling.) It’s get better. There’s a scary bald lady and an inmate who has “evaporated, straight through the walls”. But the most thrilling aspect of this project is that it appears to feature Ben Kingsley as an evil genius in a bow tie. Only Plummer makes with the sinister vowels more effectively.

What’s not to like? I tend to believe Paramount when the studio says that it is moving the film to pick up the mainstream bucks that 300 and Cloverfield (though not stupid Watchmen) earned in that spring release slot. I haven’t read Dennis Lehane’s source novel and I’m not going to because I don’t want to spoil the most bad-ass movie event of the new year.

Okay, I will admit that the project could be so broad it will lodge in the average-shaped gullet. The notion of And Then There Were None performed by the collected villains from Scooby Doo is not something that… Oh, blah, blah, blah. Who am I trying to kid? Whatever way you look at this thing it still seems like a riot. Roll on, Shutter Awesome.

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