Actors: Mark Ruffalo
Meandering and trying to be more clever than the audience, this film often ends up getting to exactly where you thought it was going to be via an unnecessarily round-a-bout route. Whimsical yet loose, and a potential that could have been better tapped.
A tale of psychology and suspense told well. DiCaprio plays the part well, as do the rest of the cast, and while the asylum format may have been played many times before and since (e.g. SuckerPunch), Scorcese’s masterful hand and Kalogridis’ excellent screenplay adeptly keep you guessing until the end where all the strands of string are tied together and the puzzle finally makes sense, raising this entry into this canon exemplary.
Enjoyed this movie, though it was a broad undertaking which had a couple of slow moments. Some good references – flying monkeys, adopted son, and Stan Lees’s cameo among others – and well-paced action sequences. The big finale was very fluid and the whole thing fits well together. Not an Oscar-winning script, but a solid actioner picking up on all the back stories, though a global alien invasion might be a tough act to follow.