I know a lot of folks believe that Leonardo DiCaprio plays a variation of himself in every movie he’s in, but I actually think something of the opposite, although the result is similar. I think he’s too studied — that he gets so wrapped up in delivering the lines just as they should be delivered that none of his personality seeps through. The effect is the same: he sort of is the same person in each movie, but I don’t think it’s a version of himself. He’s too muted; too controlled; too self-aware.
From his scenes in what is now the second trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Granted, I like the guy — I think he’s a great actor. I just think he’s stuck too far inside himself. Even when he unleashes, it seems controlled.
This trailer suggests that Shutter Island — which has recently been bumped out of Oscar contention and into a February release date — is a more supernatural affair. It looks very promising, and has a lot of Scorsese’s Cape Fear vibe to it. In fact, there’s a brief shot of Elias Koteas in this trailer, and he looks like a dead ringer for DeNiro in Cape Fear. If anything, Shutter Island looks like a nice reprieve for the horrible movies that otherwise generally dominate February.