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Being that Shutter Island was one of my most anticipated movies of 2010, (after the move from October 2009) I decided to put off all films released so far this year until I saw this one.
Shutter Island turned out to be a beautifully shot and well acted film. Where it's main flaws appear are in the story. Though intriguing at some points, it didn't have enough to keep me interested the entire time.
What attracted me the most to this film, was the Cinematography. Because I'm a photographer, and occasionally shoot videos, I love seeing a film that is greatly photographed, and gives off the same feeling that the story is trying to. Shutter Island is a film that does exactly that.
Although it has some drawbacks, I still believe it might be better than any films released this year. Many huge Scorsese fans, might be a little disappointed, but I don't think any other director could have made it work any better than he did.
The Lovely Bones had everything to make it a great film, but it failed. Halfway through the film, it falls and doesn't find it's way up again. Though Jackson did a great job with visuals, once Susie and her new friend Holly start parading around in heaven, it begins to look a little silly. Many things could have been done to make it a little more exciting, but it seems Jackson put more effort into "heaven".
The novel's summary, the trailer, pretty much anything gives away the whole beginning of this film, but on the screen, it seemed to be the most watchable and enjoyable part of the film. Once Susie makes her way to heaven, or the "in-between", thats when it begins to fall short.
Saoirse Ronan, the Academy Award Nominee, does a good job portraying Susie Salmon, but was taken out by Stanley Tucci, who plays her murderer. Though I highly doubt he will get much recognition for this role, I applaud his performance and I believe it's one of the better supporting roles of 2009.
In the end, I believe the film will be better for people who aren't familiar with the novel will be the one's who find it better than it is. 2.5/4
$10 buys your ticket to Pandora, and once you arrive, you will not want to leave.
The CGI world Pandora is beyond beautiful, and although the story isn't the best, it still does enough to pull you in at times. James Cameron has created something great, and I do believe, and hope, this becomes a sci-fi classic. 4/4
Man on Wire is probably the best documentary I've ever seen. Starting it for the first time, I wasn't expecting it to keep me at the edge of my seat, but of course it did. I actually forgot I was watching a documentary, and thought I was watching a hardcore thriller. Amazing!! 4/4