Still Dicapio without Oscar?
scorsese deliberately packaged the final scene as an ambiguous ending, and the key word is "packaged" because it is only made to seem like you could even choose between two endings.....but nope, there's only one true ending and the brilliant storytelling just leaves no argument on that case.
how Shutter Island managed to put me directly in Teddy/Andrew's exact state of mind at that moment of realization was really smart and frightening and I could feel what a delusional mental patient feels like right until the ending. it made me doubt my real life for a minute because I realized that it could be happening to me too, I could be unknowingly delusionally living a life of lies, and it's because Leo perfectly portrayed Andrew's fear and emotions realistically.
the uncomfortable feeling of insanity and events which did not make sense from the middle of the film already hinted that something wasn't right at all, and it was hella uncomfortable and worrying indeed, like I didn't know if my mind was in the right place, if I was drifting further from the film. the final act completely threw me off. I was so glad it did how it did.
as much as I wished that Andrew could eventually be cured, the poignant result of how he chose his own end tied up Shutter Island with a perfect bow.
I find the acclaim for this film surprising. I found it to be painfully predicable from very early on, it was practically phoned in, and it made the whole last act just drag on. I got to the point that I'd joined enough dots that I just wanted it to end and it was only Oscar winner Robert Richardson's photography that kept me engaged.
DiCaprio was great; once again Scorsese draws out the best in him. There's never a doubt it's a Scorsese film either, but he's taken weaker material and turned it into a better film.
This is a psychological and frightening masterpiece that will make you scared, will make you think, and will make you seek psychological help. See it, go in with an open mind and prepare to be blown away.
its rare to see Scorsese make the mystery genre and it give me unbelievable thought.
A very strange movie. While the fist half was quiet good and the plot as well as the location very promising, the second half was a huge disappointment for me, culminating in the very weak ending where Teddy turns out to be only a psychopath himself. I think Scorsese should have left it open whether or not Teddy / Laeddis is insane.