After India's father (Mia Wasikowska) dies, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), 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.
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…
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.
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…
Man, I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND you see this at a cinema with a good sound system because the sound is EXQUISITE. Not to mention the visuals, the acting, the story. Fantastic all round. Can't believe The Metro gave this two stars!!!
Note: Viewed this film in March 2013, but I don't want it lost from the feed.
My first Chan-Woo Park picture, and I am thoroughly satisfied. Gorgeous visuals and a screenplay that keeps us on our toes. Bravura performances from Washikowska and Goode, and an interesting performance from Kidman playing perhaps the most complex character.
A few pieces don't quite hold together, especially with Kidman's character. But it's a glorious mind-screw all around. My favorite scene is the shower scene. It's not because Mia Washikowska is beautiful and naked, though that's perfectly loveable. I like it because it subverts all expectations.
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…
Excerpt from my full review:
There is not a dearth of creepy coming-of-age tales about young adult women, but if each new addition to that genre was as good at what it sets out to do as Stoker... well, if only. Mia Wasikowska has totally arrived, and even when she's doing absolutely nothing but gazing into the distance, her presence on screen is so captivating that one never feels the need to internally shout "Do something!" - she completely anchors this film in a way that few actresses could, and uses every undersell to its fullest advantage. Park takes a first-time script from the star of FOX's Prison Break, Wentworth Miller that, if directed by your typical music video/horror film…
Park Chan Wook's English language debut, is a delightfully deranged gem. A twisted take on Hitchcock's Shadow of a doubt, filtered through a gothic, Bram Stoker-ish sensibility. Veering off into dark psycho-sexual teritory that the master of suspese could have only dreamed of. The movie is absolutely gorgeous to look at. It has a maticuous, unique visual style and features strange editorial quirks you'll find nowhere else. But it's all in service of telling this weird disturbing coming of age story, drenched in atmosphere and tension. Opposed to many other Hollywood features by Asian directors, this felt like undiluded Park Can Wook.
Good, nicely made, interesting sound editing. It's no Old Boy though.
J'avais déjà ressenti, après les grandioses "Mr. Vengeance" et "Old Boy" ce sentiment de fleur fanée dans le cinéma de Park Chan-Wook. Des tentatives de comédie, de film de genre, mais rien qui me transporte complètement.
Stoker ne m'a pas réconcilié avec son cinéma. Au contraire. Le film est tout à la fois lent et brusque, esthétisant et brut, passionnant et ennuyeux. Sans trop en dire, le film tourne autour des pulsions ressenties par une jeune femme qui vient de perdre son père, et sa relation à son oncle, un type étrange surgi de nulle part pour l'occasion. Un thème qui, bien traité, pourrait être intéressant.
Park Chan-Wook dirige ses deux personnages clés comme des êtres distants, éthérés. Il laisse…
Scariest part was Nicoles forehead but a diverting couple of hours
Worth it for the chilling soundscape alone.
Some of the best cinematography I've seen in a while. Extremely creative, inventive, and chillingly exciting. My jaw literally dropped multiple times just because of how intricate some of the shots were.
Aunque Chan-Wook se vista de Hollywood, Chan-Wook se queda, y eso esta muy buen.
Quizá me olvido alguna pero es facil que esta sea la mejor peli americana de un director asiático. No se por que pero normalmente los americanos contratan a directores asiáticos para que hagan mierdas que cualquier estudiante de cine americano podría hacer igual. Pero esta vez no. La ambientación, el modo de rodar, los planos escogidos... me daba cuenta que la peli es occidental por la falta de ojos rasgados. Y el sonido... qué maravilla, logra que te de mal rollo hasta el ruido de pelar un huevo duro.
El guión es de Wentworth Miller (sip, el flaco de Prison Break), que por mi ya se…
Very well done. Acting by female leads was spot on. Wentworth Miller's screenplay was captivating.