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…
I grimaced for so long that my face stuck like that.
I kept waiting for the vampires...
The performances were great, the style is awesome, the premise was intriguing. But it only kept me interested until I realized where it was going and then it became rather boring.
You begin this film thinking it is about one thing but then changes drastically in the last 30 minutes - shocking truths are revealed and twists come in the most unlikely forms. At the beginning of the film, we learn that India's father has just passed away in mysterious circumstances. In light of this recent tragedy, India's estranged uncle comes to stay, whom she had never met or even heard of until her father's untimely demise. What next plays out between them appears to be a battle of wits but quickly turns into something more intense and seductive, with an extremely dark element at play - murder. There are other themes also brought to the viewer's attention, obsession, insanity, lust,…
Stoker is like a fever dream. It pours beautiful and disturbing imagery onto the screen as the story lurches and twists, not always making sense, but leaving you with a consistent feeling of dread. While the story definitely lulls at some points, it's hard to ever get bored or lose interest because Park creates some absolutely amazing shots for you to absorb. The three main characters all play well, with Kidman and Goode both bringing a lot to the screen. However it is Mia Wasikowska that grabs you and won't let you go. Her initial coldness giving way to passion and where she ends up is very gripping. Not everything works. Characters act and react oddly. A lot of the…
Alluring in its strangeness
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I guess coz Bram Stoker is associated with vampires and also because of the recent vampire boom, I thought this might have something to do with bloodsuckers. Damn, was I ever off base. Nevertheless, there was a scene where the main character, India, kisses a boy and some blood appears. That moment rekindled my hope but alas it was a red herring. Or better yet, I was just seeing what I wanted to see.
This movie is interesting but it’s ultimately unsatisfying. It starts out and you’re thinking, “What the hell is going on?” but you figure if you hang in there, all will be revealed but that’s not the case. After the final reel, you’re left scratching your head.…
lacks identity to a point where it has no idea what its striving for
lacks a sense of undeniable realness that hyper-realism needs, as you can't go to heights without the foundations
far from park chan wook's best
Really enjoyed this, even though you can figure out the plot really easily early on; its all so well acted/directed/edited/photographed that its just a hell of a great time sitting through it. Wasn't really that familiar with Matthew Goode other than his role as Ozymandias in Watchmen, but he's pretty fantastic. The whole "stuck in time" costume/set design really helped give it a unique feel as well, kinda surprising two koreans could capture the feel of old money so well.
The most gorgeous film you will ever see. Matthew Goode is gorgeous. Mia Wasikowska is gorgeous. Nicole Kidman is gorgeous. Director Park's directing is gorgeous. The setting is gorgeous. The costumes are gorgeous. The script is gorgeous. I could continue but I think you get the point. Films that rely so heavily on characters to move the film forward rather than dialogue are always so interesting and intriguing, this is no exception.
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