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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…
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…
A beautiful movie!! Lots of daring camerawork, beautiful colors, and great storytelling! A must see.
A teenager, grieving her dead father, becomes infatuated with her uncle. Things are not what they seem.
Not a film to watch with people due to a particular shower scene, but otherwise a generally good film. Very unsettling with uncomfortable sexual scenes and a strong independent film feel. A very interesting concept and unusual characters with a great ending.
A very intelligent film but perhaps not for all!
As a huge fan of Oldboy (2003) I was equally excited to watch this. And it didn't disappoint!
A dark and intriguing tale about a young girl (Wasikowska) coping with the recent passing of her Father. Living with her unstable Mother (Kidman), with whom she has no real connection with, her life is turned upside down with the arrival of an Uncle she didn't know she had.
Uncle Charlie's (Matthew Goode) presence is eerie to begin with but he tries to help out as the dutiful family member. Soon after it becomes apparent he's not what he seems, which Wasikowska is all too aware of. She assumes he is trying to fill the void left by her father, but instead of becoming angry, she becomes infatuated with him.
As with Oldboy, it's not for the faint-hearted, albeit less grisly. Elements of it are very much like The Guest, but less slick and more of a brooding and sombre tone.
Park Chan-Wook's little project stoker has now got a completely divided reception people think its OK, people think its actually an atrocities and others for some reason thinks its a masterpiece, its also an example of an art house movie gone wrong, all this movie really does is think its a great film just because of the way its made and this film is made beautifully but that is the only good thing about it and I mean come on you need at least something else to back the film up but no, now the film oldboy I enjoy but don't love because to me its just a lot of blood and I love some violence in movies but oldboy…
Park Chan-wook's first English language film is a beautifully filmed nightmare that washes over you with it's twisted visuals and memorable sound effects. Built round an excellent performance by Mia Wasikowska, it only furthers the case of Park Chan-Wook as one of the most exciting directors around.
Its script doesn't quite carry the dramatic heft of his earlier work, but Park Chan-wook's Stoker showcases his eye for sumptuous imagery and his affection for dark, atmospheric narratives populated by mysterious characters.
All I knew about Stoker before watching was that it is comparable to Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - a Hitchcock film which surprised me and I quite liked. Of course, I'm familiar with Chan-wook Park's vengeance trilogy (which is mostly excellent) but I feel like Stoker was lacking something with the direction. Perhaps something was lost in translation? Don't get me wrong, there are certainly a couple of slick moments where it feels like Chan-wook Park is in charge, but mostly it all just falls kinda flat.
The performances - especially from the lead three - are decent. The story unfolds pleasantly but isn't really as surprising as it thinks it is (although there are a couple of neat moments) and the music is really good. But overall this just adds up to an okay film - not as good as Shadow of a Doubt, but there are worse ways to spend 95mins.
Moral of the story: accepting yourself as you truly are is the most important thing one can do to find happiness (even if your true self is a psychopath).
'Stoker' revolves around the life of an affluent eighteen year old girl, India, and the strange predicament she is forced into after her father's mysterious "accidental" death, as the uncle Charlie she never knew she had moves into her home with her and her unstable mother. The more India observes Charlie and his abnormal behavior, the more she comes to the realization that his existence was kept a secret from her for a reason.
In a nutshell, Charlie is a psychopath, and he has lurked nearby India for her whole life,…
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