Friday, March 05, 2010

Clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion

From "Shutter Island" review by Anthony Lane in the New Yorker.
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.

1 comment:

Gamma Infinity said...

I keep thinking "Shutter Island" as a title sounds more like one of those bad travel pieces they run in photo magazines about some vacation spot. You know the genre. It says where you can enrich local resort operators, while adding more blue pools and photogenic local kids to your portfolio.