Friday, February 13, 2009

We Can't Wait #6 Shutter Island

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Elias Koteas, Jackie Earle Haley and Patricia Clarkson
Synopsis: Marshals Leo & Mark attempt to find murderous Emily! She escaped from Ashecliffe Asylum where Dr. Ben & Max both work!! She might be hiding on Shutter Island!!! (I'm gagging on multiple exclamation points because it sounds like such a pulpy thriller. Wheee)
Brought to you by the novel by Dennis Lehane by way of Paramount Pictures
Expected Release Date October 2nd

In our mad rush to complete the We Can't Wait series, my blog buddies and I zoomed right by Scorsese and Co. So, there's no conversation. Still and all... I doubt you need any convincing. A Scorsese picture is an event and when you combine what sounds like addictive actorly narcotic (insane asylum setting!) and a cinema friendly plot with this enticing cast ... well, it's an embarrassment of (potential) riches, isn't it?

What we have here is a highly anticipated picture but it could also be an Oscar hopeful, too. How sweet would it be to see Mortimer & Clarkson taking up the semi-annual 'two supporting actress nominees from one film' tradition? And how far ahead of myself am I getting!? Too far. Pull it back, pull it back. (whew. it's not time for that yet. April 1st Nathaniel, April 1st)

Ruffalo, Haley, Williams and DiCaprio on set (photos from Just Jared)

Not that Shutter Island (also known by its alternate title Ashecliffe) will have to bear the weight of golden expectations. The Departed finally put that "Give Scorsese the Oscar!!!" cause to rest. Finally we can get back to the more important business of enjoying his mad cinematic skillz. Great movies (and we hope it is one) are their own reward.

On the other hand, aren't we going to run out of Lehane novels to adapt pretty soon?

In case you missed any entries they went like so...
We Can't Wait:
#1 Inglourious Basterds, #2 Where the Wild Things Are, #3 Fantastic Mr. Fox,
#4 Avatar, #5 Bright Star, #6 Shutter Island, #7 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
#8 Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, #9 Nailed,
#10 Taking Woodstock,
#11 Watchmen, #12 The Hurt Locker, #13 The Road, #14 The Tree of Life
#15 Away We Go, #16 500 Days of Summer, #17 Drag Me To Hell,
#18 Whatever Works, #19 Broken Embraces, #20 Nine (the musical)
intro (orphans -didn't make group list)



Anonymous said...

I think Dennis Lehane has written 600 novels. 478 of them have already been made into films or are currently in production

gabrieloak said...

Who wrote the screenplay for this?

Kurtis O said...

Wow. DiCaprio looks DiSgusting.

Anonymous said...

OOH, that would be awesome! Clarkson is a goddess and Mortimer can be so effective at times. Match Point: Her spoiled Chloe has stuck with me more vividly than Johannson's Nola. Oh and the male cast looks brilliant as well.

Alex Constantin said...

Michelle is playing the wife, so she could have a bigger role than Patty (just a cameo?)


I'm not sure. I've read somewhere (can't remember where) that Patty was VERY excited about her role ... and for Patty to be super excited about a role considering how many good ones she gets...

Glenn said...
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Glenn said...

I said in June 2008 that Emily Mortimer would win Best Supporting Actress for this, and so if she does will I officially be named the greatest person to ever live? I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Glenn, gotta agree with nathaniel. Clarkson more likely.

Alex Constantin said...

shouldn't the win or at least a nomination be saved for the supporting ladies of THE LOVELY BONES? Sarandon, Saoirse, Weisz (is she leading?)?

Anonymous said...

Has anybody here read the book? This is unlike anything Scorsese has ever done before and it is nowhere near a "cinema friendly plot".

It starts out pretty pedestrian but takes a 180 degree turn. It's dark and brutal and has some very violent dream sequences that I can't wait to see how Scorsese handles.

I don't really see any awards consideration for Emily Mortimer. Michelle Williams has the better part as Leos wife. I have great hopes for Mark Ruffalo. He's perfectly cast as Chuck.

If done right, this will f*** with you mind ;-D

Glenn said...

Mortimer plays a mental patient. I believe this year's Oscar nominations confirmed they like them (Shannon, Jolie)


michael... how are dream sequences not cinematically friendly?

or an escaped murderess and us marshalls and doctors and asylum inhabitants. sounds cinematic to me (though i haven't read the book yet) especially with a director known for dark and brutal energy.

but i do plan on reading it before. I'm going to try to do a lot more of reading the books before the movies this year so the adapted screenplay race is more interesting for me.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I guees I misunderstood what you meant by "cinema friendly plot" then :-D (the only excuse I can come up with is the fact that english is not my first language ;-) ).

I thought you meant friendly for the cinema audience!

And this story is in no way friendly in that way. But friendly cinematically speaking. Yes, absolutely.

Anonymous said...

Emily does, but her part isn't necessarily Oscar worthy, unless they changed the book. Michelle has a better chance and the better part.