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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…
Every so often a film manages to transcend its rather weak narrative by being, for lack of a better term, eye candy. Stoker does very little to peak my interest in regards to its story, which is clearly inspired by the 1943 Alfred Hitchcock classic Shadow of a Doubt, and by "inspired by", I mean the premise and even the name of the oh so creepy Uncle is lifted right from it. Mia Wasikowska plays India Stoker, and within the first few minutes of the film we learn of the death of her father via the screams of her mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman), after receiving a phone call delivering word of the tragedy. With the loss India learns that she…
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…
It's as if David Lynch did a homage to Hitchcock, but not quite as good as either of those parts would imply.
Like if Edgar Allen Poe was inspired by Sigmund Freud to write a bildungsroman. If that description tickles your fancy, then you, my friend, are a sick, sick individual, and will likely enjoy Chan-Wook Park's Stoker. That aside, this is Park's English debut and it feels at times like the film is holding back in light of this, like it's never quite going as far as it would like to. Visually, however, it's among his strongest efforts - every shot is rich with symbolism, much of which becomes even more potent after a second visit.
Versión libre de La sombra de una duda?
Tras la muerte del padre de India Stoker, aparece en escena su tio, del que empieza a sospechar que es un asesino. Comienza por tanto un descubrimiento de un pasado del que es dificil huir.
Interesante tratamiento, aunque podría haber sido mucho mas.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My dream girl.
A few impressive technical flourishes by director Park Chan-wook, and a handful of genuinely creepy performances by Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman. I thought the very end was a little too ridiculous and over the top, even for a movie that was pretty steadily so throughout.
My favorite thing to come from Stoker is the composition 'Duet' by Philip Glass. Dang that's a pretty tune.
"He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse."
Just watch it, you are unlikely to regret it, even if you don't like the plot the movie has some pretty good visuals.
Welp, India's uncle is one sexy psychopath. *fans self*
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