Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Night Date Night

On Fridays I wanted to do something a little different then what I normally do.  I decided that on Fridays I'm going to do movie reviews.  I'm hoping to review mostly movies adapted from books, but I'm sure other movies that were not based on books will pop up every now and then.  Hopefully some of these reviews will help you decide what to watch on your date night or a night of chillin with the girls.
Shutter Island

I read Shutter Island by Dennis Lahane probably around 5 years ago.  In fact, I didn't actually read this book but I listened to it with my parents as we took a road trip to go visit my sister and her husband when they lived in Kentucky.  We were all so enthralled with the book that we would sit in the car at gas stations and not want to get out because then we'd have to take a break from the story.

When I heard this movie was coming out I couldn't wait to see it.  I didn't see it in theaters though because I wanted to see it with my parents since we listened to the book together.  Finally one of the last times my parents came to visit we got to sit down and watch this movie together...and it was fabulous.  

First off the setting was amazing.  It was dark and stormy throughout the entire movie.  It really set the mood for this psychological thriller.   The Insane Asylum looked old and forgotten and one of the scariest places to get trapped during a hurricane.  

Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels.  He was very believable in his role and even though I knew what was going to happen, he made it seem like I was learning this story for the first time.  

One of my favorite thing about psychological thrillers is that even when the movie or book is over there is still so much to think about and questions.  The movie did a great job at tying up loose ends but also leaving just enough for us to question what really happened.  

If your looking for a great movie to snuggle up with try Shutter Island.    


  1. I really want to watch this movie. It sounds and looks great. I didn't know that there was a book of it, not that I'm going to read it, but still nice to know. It does looks scary, so maybe not a great idea to watch it alone. :)

  2. I saw the movie before I read the book (rare, for me) and I really thought the movie depicted the book well. The creepiness, the setting -- very well done. I also listened to the book rather than reading it. I kept thinking the book wasn't going to end like the movie -- I was so convinced!

  3. I haven't read the book...probably won't now that I've seen the movie...but I thought it was good right up until the too predictable ending...that I was disappointed in!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  4. I haven't seen the movie or read the book, but I wanted to see the movie when it came out. I think this is one I'll need to pick up. It looks really really good and your review made me want to see it even more. I LOVE psychological thrillers as well. Probably because there is so much more to think about. :D

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  5. I haven't seen the movie or read the book, it doesn't really appeal to me because I needs my romance, but what a fantastic idea to listen to an audio book on a road trip with your family.


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