Reviews on the:
1. Thriller: Shutter Island. Visually beautiful, with a little bit of darkness and uneasiness thrown into the mix. It wasn't hard to figure out the end. If you're the kind of person that really picks up on foreshadowing, then you're likely to figure out the ending as well.
However, that won't change the quality of the film. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was intriguingly dark and well put together, the way a good book is bound together. I'm still wondering why Leo doesn't have an Oscar by now.
My Rating: ★★★½
1. Classic: Alice in Wonderland. It would have been easy to mess up this classic, and some people might tell you that Tim Burton did mess it up. I would have to disagree.
I thought it was compelling and playful with the right amount of Tim Burton-strangeness sprinkled into the mix. It's his signature, after all. While I think he did a disservice trying to remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I think he has redeemed himself with Alice.
The movie is a little slow-moving at times, which doesn't bug me, but it may bug some people. Like Shutter Island, it reminds me of a book, and reads like a book. Each scene is a turn of a page--there is no instant gratification there, but the whole effect is outstanding. And that's how you have to take both movies, as a whole.
Rating for Alice: ★★★