Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese have been producing soundtracks together since Raging Bull and The Last Waltz. Robbie Robertson has been quoted as saying of Shutter Island that This may be the most outrageous and beautiful soundtrack I’ve ever heard. The choice of modern classical tracks is highly unusual, ranging from Penderecki and John Cage to Brian Eno, and I got the soundtrack CD a couple of weeks ago. In 1973, between recording Stage Fright and Moondog Matinee, Robertson was allegedly working on a version of Penderecki material, which never emerged.
The trouble is, that after seeing the film, the images they bring up are so chilling that I’m not sure I’ll listen that much. The film is gripping from start to finish, the locations are stunning as is the sense of period (1956). I’m not going to drop any plot spoilers, but the almighty twists left the audience somewhat irritated, I thought. definitely one to see, even if you come out wishing fervently that there’d been a more conventional ending.
It’s worth seeing twice. One you’ve seen it, there are many pointers to the story that sail past you the first time around. I suspect it’ll be even richer the third time.