11.01.2010

Movie Review Monday

Husband and I made it out to the theater for the second time since Casey was born to see Jackass 3D in 2D and we had the whole room to ourselves. I don't believe that a movie is enhanced by this new technology; 3D just means I have to pay extra to wear some whack glasses and walk away with a migraine. Anyway, I love the Jackass boys and have been a fan since their days on MTV about 10 years ago. I remember living with my friend Beanie at the time and she refused to watch it with me so every Sunday night I'd go into my room and laugh my ass off. A reviewer on one of Husband's podcasts summed it up quite nicely: Jackass 1 is like a high school party where kids are drunk and stupid; Jackass 2 is like a college frat party where the drunk kids are a little meaner; Jackass 3 is like the 1o-year high school reunion where everyone is just a little bit older and not sure they should be this stupid. I think it is a testament to this movie that I laughed, screamed, cringed and even dry-heaved while watching it. These guys have gray in their hair and a look of "Why are we doing this?" on their faces so it seems that this is their last venture. Way to go out with a bang.

Shutter Island. What can I say about this movie? It's two hours and eighteen minutes long. For the first two hours, I kept asking aloud "What is this movie trying to be?" Leonardo DiCaprio is a marshal who is investigating a disappearance at an institution for the criminally insane on a remote island. During his stay on the island, he has flashbacks to his time as a soldier in WWII, seeing dead bodies at Dachau. He has vivid dreams of his dead wife that were very reminiscent of Inception. None of it seems to go together but all the while there is a lot of soaring string music that is supposed to scream suspense. I was just not sure what I was watching. Then, the last eighteen minutes made it all make sense; made it worth sitting through two hours of confusion. While I can't take Leonardo DiCaprio serious when he plays a tough guy, he is a very good actor. Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo are also amazing to watch. Apparently this is an adaptation of a book and I can only imagine what an interesting read it would make as the film was quite unique. However, I can't say that I would recommend this movie unless you are patient enough to wait for an epic ending.

4 comments:

Andrea said...

Shutter Island disappointed me immensely. I figured it out early and kept thinking "If I'm right, I'm bummed!" and I was so I was.

Christine said...

Hmmm....perhaps I will read the Shutter Island book, then?
I LOVE spooky/suspenseful stuff!

Coodence said...

Babe read the shutter island book and totally dug it.

Lisa..... said...

I can watch Leo for 2 hours even if it is lame.