Today's comic is as much about comic Tom slapping Jared for a terrible joke as it is about real-life Tom slapping himself for not coming up with a better one.
I don't mean to be overtly critical of myself. I'm just explaining the genesis of today's comic. Sitting around, staring into space and trying to come up with a joke about Shutter Island is no small task.
The marketing for the film has done a very good job of obscuring exactly what about Shutter Island makes it so terrifying. From what I can gather, it's about the criminally insane, twisted experiments and some kind of psychological time bomb Leonard DiCaprio has roiling under the surface as he tries to solve a missing person case. But beyond that, I can't connect the dots.
Added to this, Martin Scorsese directed it. Certainly the man is not above making mistakes (Kundun, anyone?) but the man gets a pass on his name alone. Scorsese lives and breathes film and it is evident in his work. It's a rare treat to watch a film maker whose love of movie transcends money or art. Watching Scorsese's films, you get the distinct feeling that he tells these stories because he has to. For that alone, I'll watch anything he directs.
So how do you make fun of a movie you know nothing about directed by an auteur you greatly admire? Like I said, no small task. When the chips are down, just have your characters slap each other silly!
What do you guys make of Shutter Island? Are you excited to see it? Does it concern you at all that the film is being released in the dead-zone traditionally known as February? Would it encourage you to learn that Scorsese picked this weekend on purpose after DiCaprio's availability pushed the film past awards season?
It was 19 years ago this weekend that Silence of The Lambs was released. If you recall, it did pretty well at the Oscars. It was the last film to earn all 5 major awards - Best Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay and Film.
I'm skeptical that Shutter Island can repeat the same feat, but I'm excited to watch Scorsese slip on his horror boots again. If it's anything like his last foray into the genre - 1991's Cape Fear - then we're in good hands.
Leave your thoughts about Shutter Island in the comments below!