Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 21st, 2020
“This is a mental institution, Marshal. For the criminally insane. Usual isn’t a big part of our day.”
When I first saw Shutter Island ten years ago, I thought it was a good movie. I didn’t think it was a great movie. Like many Martin Scorsese fans out there, I have developed certain expectations from his films. It isn’t at all fair, but as I’ve said here many times, expectations are killers. I bathed too often in Scorsese’s modern mob mythology that I think it took seeing The Irishman and being royally disappointed and then getting to see Shutter Island again thanks to this wonderful new steelbook 10th anniversary release on UHD Blu-ray in 4K. I also never thought Shutter Island could ever improve with age. It’s got a wicked twist that occupies the final 40 minutes of the film, and no matter how good the performances might be, how could it possibly get better when you know what’s coming? But again, I recall it being a good movie, so I welcomed the opportunity to revisit it after 10 years in 4K. Why not, right? I’m glad I did, and no matter how good you thought it was the first time, it’s better the second time through. And I was absolutely wrong in my first evaluation.