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.
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…
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…
India. Come meet your Uncle Charlie.
A perversely evil coming of age story disguised as a seduction of innocence thriller. Park Chan-wook brings his Korean storytelling sensibilities to a Hitchcockian inspired script with the results being a Gothic visual poem (if that makes sense to anyone). For me it was the most satisfying film experience, stylistically and thematically, of 2013 so far.
The Korean storytelling sensibilities I mentioned come from the numerous moments in the film that are left unexplained because the film makers trust you as a viewer to be smart enough to figure it out yourself. I might be off base but I find this much more common in Koren films, whereas in North American films…
Be still, my beating heart.
While watching Stoker I didn't even think about the fact that this is a Park Chan-wook film made outside the confines of vengeful, hysterical and overly-dramatic Korean cinema because I was distracted...hypnotized by the performance of Mia Wasikowska as India Stoker, the casual madness of Uncle Charlie and the constant array of breathtaking visuals.
"He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse. "
Normally I find Nicole Kidman on the cringe-worthy side but I think her personal flaws were highlighted in her performance as an aloof, unstable woman-child with a jealous streak.
If you have not seen the movie then you should not be reading…
Chan-Wook Parks rad Gothic erotic murder mystery is a treat among the hustle and bustle of big Hollywood productions this year. His first American film, Park brings his unique violent style from Korea to amp up what is a typical mystery screenplay that takes A LOT from Hitchcock's classic SHADOW OF A DOUBT. Park is known for his violent over the top scenarios from his films like OLDBOY or LADY VENGEANCE.
STOKER is about a young girl named India, her father just died and while her mother hosts his funeral she meets her uncle Charlie, who she never thought existed. In fact, no one has heard of him, no one except some of India's family from her fathers side, who…
A visually ornate Gothic psychosexual chamber drama whose atmosphere elevates a very anemic script. Also the first film since 2001's "Pootie Tang" to feature the combative powers of a belt so prominently.
Elegantly gothic, Stoker builds considerable tension around the mysterious uncle Charlie that it ultimately fails to deliver on. The film establishes many interesting themes - mother/daughter conflict, erotic family relations, inherited madness - and it looks staggeringly beautiful while doing so, although overall it favours style over substance. On the one hand the film could be considered a twisted coming-of-age tale in the vein of Heathers, with the crucial difference that it's not funny. Perhaps if it didn't take itself so seriously it could be enjoyed as a stylish, silly gothic thriller but we're left with the feeling Park was aiming so much higher.
I found Mia Wasikowska impressive in her previous roles, but now I think I'm madly in love with her. She's such a magnetic presence, and so unpredictable too, at least until the script takes her down an all-too-familiar path. Maybe my disappointment in said script (particularly the fact that none of the other characters are given enough attention) will sink in as the sensory experience fades from memory, but for now at least, this is a gorgeous, dark, mesmerizing piece of work, and India Stoker (Best Character Name of the Year, by far) is more than enough.
Bates Motel: The Movie
Minor disappointment here... Stoker isn't nearly as interesting as I hoped it was going to be. The acting is good, but I didn't care about the characters at all. The movie is really sloppy at points and it doesn't feel nearly as tight as it should.
And I hate it when people say this about movies but I'm going to be hypocritical here: I just found a lot of it to be pointless
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.
Rewatch of this Chan Wook Park film from 2013 and the first on Blu-Ray. This is still one of my favourites of the year and can stand next to any of his Korean language classics. The story is a bit of a Gothic homage to Hitchcock with the Uncle Charlie character who appears after many years away and there's something not quite right.
One of the strong points of a CWP film is that even of the narrative story isn't that great…
Beautiful to watch , the direction and use of colour is superb.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.