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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…
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…
Surprisingly enjoyable: excellent and quite playful photography, an enticing score (featuring a piece by Philip Glass) and mostly solid acting. I thought Nicole Kidman was wasted in this: her role gave her little room to move, but it's always nice seeing her, I suppose.
La verdad es que la película me ha parecido una tontería.
Salvo algunas cosas, como a la protagonista (o más bien el papel que hace Mia), salvo la música y la estética. Pero el guión es bastante flojo y ya os digo que la peli me ha parecido una tontería
Thank you, Tony.
As hauntingly beautiful as it is downright disturbing it's a film that takes full advantage of all aspects of filmaking with it's stunning cinematography, fully atmospheric sound design, a director on the top of his game and a trio of superbly talented actors leave an experience that despite it's short runtime has stayed with ever since i first watched it.
A decent part of the script is what hold'sit back but the cast make it work even in it's weaker moments. Wasikowska's performance especially commanding the screen as she does and the subtle touches she put's into India's growth is something you don't see very often and she's quickly become the favourite part of any film she's in that I've…
The reason why I did not enjoy Stoker as much as I wanted to still keeps me thinking.
I can't exactly point what it is that held this film from making a better impression on me.
I really wanted to like this films. I always enjoy watching Mia Wasikowska, and Stoker gives her a great role (she also lookes great in black hair) to play.
The film is also directed by Park Chan-wook in his first American film.
Chan-wook is mostly known for the masterpiece that is Oldboy, a film I love and one of the best I have seen.
And yet, Stoker lacked something.
The film looks great, and Chan-wook does manages to create some great scenes.
This was an interesting film. It's simply about a forgotten uncle who visits his brother's funeral and stays with the widow and her daughter. We soon learn about the terrible past that the two brothers had and the connection between the Uncle and niece and the efforts the father put into keeping them apart. Throw in an wine drinking house wife and boom, Stoker. It was the first movie written by Wentworth Miller, known for his leading role in Prison Break. This is a well rounded effort by Miller, although he struggled with the end, in my opinion, which keeps it from being a top tier psychological thriller. The story is engaging that you just want to know what happens…
The opening ten minutes are terrible, but this movie becomes fairly involving once the main character's Uncle shows up.
Stoker is full of mystery and odd interactions between relatives, normal to the human condition. The main character is in transition from teen to adult, which informs her curiosity about nearly every principle brought into this movie.
May not stick the landing with a lot of people.
Find birthday presents
Hidden in your inner code
Best to do it soon
Much more impressed and open to it on a rewatch.
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…