I watched Despicable Me this weekend. Everything I expected it to be, just a fun, family movie. Really cute film. And I also watched Shutter Island. I had low expectations for the film because of the way it was advertised and then some stuff I was reading and friends told me (including being spoiled on a major plot point, though this proved to be a godsend) and I have to say I thought the movie was absolutely amazing. It's a movie that really does require a second watching (or having it spoiled) to be really enjoyed. At least I think so.
I really liked how you can almost make a map of this guy's psyche throughout his actions during the movie, especially when you realize the extent of his insanity and delusions. I hate that this movie was advertised as a thriller, and I think (at least amongst my friends) the fact that the big plot twist that he's really a patient and they were all his crimes was pulled off in such a nonplussed way that it turned them off, as if that was the big culminating moment of the movie. There really is no culminating moment, it's just a look into the psyche of a man driven to the edge, and perhaps the author's opinion that a person pushed that far can't be helped. But then, which is why I really like that very end, it almost seems as if he's "cured" if not temporarily, and the weight of those two years, and the fact that he regressed before, leads him to intentionally lobotomize himself, or in a sense commit a spiritual suicide. Of course that's all a guess. Definitely a movie I will have to rewatch later. One of the best movies I've seen recently.