Posted February 27 2010 - 03:23 PM
I found myself too far ahead of the film for it to unfold in a way that would keep my rapt attention, as there were probably too many cues to foreshadow the storyline, but it was intentional and a directorial tightrope to walk that line of dramatic tension in how much to reveal early on, plus those in charge of the marketing of the film should be sent to Shutter Island as well. But I digress.
Leo really needs to get out of the 1950s in cinema land, lighten up a bit, would ya?
As the film just spirals in darker and darker territory, the film does pick up steam, and then it decompresses for its impact to settle, Scorsese's pacing is well done, though it's not a film that many people will want to revisit due to its subject matter. Overall, the acting is fine, the filmmaking is fine, though some of the score was overtly and intentionally hamfisted at the start, but I supposed it was done in an exaggerated supportive manner.
I give it 2.5 stars, or a grade of C+.