Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Does for belts, sand castles, staircases, pianos, pencils, pencil sharpeners, ice cream, freezers, phone booths, shoes, duck hunts, dinner, garden shears, shovels, metronomes, and showers what Psycho did for showers.
At 98 minutes, this is my dream length of movie. I have said it all my life.
After leaving this screening, and using the facilities, I could quite easily have jumped straight back in to watch the whole movie again. That doesn't happen to me often.
Stoker is phenomenal.
It's as dreamy as it is taught. As beautiful as it is horrific. It's The Tree of Life with A screenplay. An outstanding screenplay at that. It has been said that the director Park Chan-Wook has made a Hitchcock movie. You can't make a Hitchcock movie without a Hitchcock screenplay, and Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida have made one. It's my favourite scenplay in recent memory. It keeps enough under wraps…
I’ve noticed a recent personal trend of being out of step with public and critical opinion. It’s certainly not a case of becoming contrarian or even more difficult to please in my old age but I am finding it harder to enjoy some modern films in the way so many other people clearly are. Unfortunately, Chan-wook Park’s Stoker is another one to add to this growing list of recent disappointments.
Maybe my contrasting view this time around is a little less surprising as I have always had a volatile relationship with Park’s films of either utter devotion (Oldboy, Thirst etc.) or deep loathing (Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg...). The key differentiating factor between these sets of films is a robust…
Tantalizing tension, as far as it's concerned for Park Chan-wook, is an ingredient that can do wonders. Stoker, as it just so happens, is seasoned to perfection with it. It's a taunt, whimsical and magically creepy film that would make Alfred Hitchcock (who does get his fair share of credit for much of it) stand up and applaud. Gothic, playful, chilling and darkly funny in each otherwise terrifying set, and perfectly applying its own strange scape to capturing a dark world view of eclipsing sanity and childhood all rolled into one; it's a breathtaking little film.
Stoker is the kind of a film a daring Tim Burton would make now in his carrier - mature may not be the word…
My mom described this as "deliciously twisted" right after it was over and I think that's the perfect description. Park Chan-wook is really great at making the disturbing highly accessible and almost… relatable? He draws characters so well that you feel like you understand them as people, without necessarily being able to predict their actions. It's hard to talk about anything but the premise because it's best to go in with as little knowledge as possible, but in short, India Stoker is an 18 year old high school student who has just lost her father in a car accident. Shortly after his death, his mysterious younger brother Charlie comes to live with India and her mother and lots of bad…
First time I watched this was before ever seeing Hitchcock's great Shadow of a Doubt. Now and after finally seeing the classic thriller, what were already noticeable Hitchcock influences, in virtue of association with films like Psycho and themes tackled by both directors, became even more evident in Stoker on a second viewing and thoroughly enriched the impact of the experience. But rather than just paying tribute to one of the most important and cunning film-makers in cinema history, Park Chan-wook further explores Hitchcockian themes in a more extensive manner, adding his own distinctive voice and creating a twisted offspring of incestuous coupling that inherits the best of both worlds.
Loss of innocence, sexual awakening, self-discovery, liberation, maturation, all are…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A dark film but from one of my favorite directors.
Stoker is smart, stylish, stunningly shot cinema that is unfortunately (too) short. Korean director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) makes his English-language debut with Stoker, a film about odd-ball high school outcast India (Mia Wasikowska - Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) whose life has just been turned upside down by the death of her beloved father (Dermot Mulroney - My Best Friend's Wedding) in an automobile accident that in turn brings about the arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode - Watchmen, A Single Man) whom she never knew existed.
Concerned and confused by the friendly relationship her uncle takes up with her "grieving" mother (Nicole Kidman - To Die For, Moulin Rouge), her mysterious uncle begins to occupy many of her…
A sophisticatedly sexy/devilish coming-of-age story. Chilling, visually arresting. Electric, even in its certainty. A masterstroke in genre.
"Sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse." ~ Richard Stoker
This was my first exposure to the work of director Chan-wook Park. I'll admit, I was impressed. He really kept me guessing where the story was headed. If werewolves or vampires had suddenly appeared, it wouldn't have surprised me in the least, but I'm so very glad that's not the direction this mystery thriller took.
As the only child of the wealthy Stoker family, straight-A high school student India (Mia Wasikowska) is about to celebrate her 18th birthday. However, her father, architect Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney), is killed in an accident while driving home to Connecticut from a trip to Pennsylvania and the…
Ok, so... where to start? This movie is very strange. I read a couple of reviews that said it was Chan-wook Park's most conventional film to date, but I didn't get that from it at all. Maybe when I see it again I'll feel differently, but this movie had me disoriented and bewildered a lot. I had no idea what was going to happen next most of the time. Initially, the way the camera moves and the shots that are chosen felt very strange to me, like something I'd never seen before. I don't know why that is. It just felt very foreign to me, and I don't mean international.
Overall, I really liked the movie. It's far from perfect…
Beautiful imagery. Otherwise... nope.
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