In a celebrated riff on “Casablanca,” Umberto Eco wrote, “Two clichés make us laugh but a hundred clichés move us, because we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion.” “Shutter Island” is that reunion, and that shrine.So, does he like it? No. But it's a thoughtful piece that pays Scorsese the compliment of taking him seriously and acknowledging his stature as a director, while also holding him responsible for this misbegotten mess. Beautifully written, not a casual dismissal. In no hurry to see the film, but this is the kind of review I'd enjoy reading even if I did like the film. Like some of Pauline's in the old days.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion
From "Shutter Island" review by Anthony Lane in the New Yorker.