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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…
Quietly, beautifully twisted.
This British-American psychological thriller is something different! Directed by Park Chan-wook and written by Wentworth Miller the first thing you think of after watching it, is: style! Substance was simply unimportant here. Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, and Nicole Kidman were perfectly cast as members of a very unusual family. The story of the 18 years old India Stoker's (Mia Wasikowska) was full of twists, almost always unexpected, while her life is turned upside down after her loving father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a horrific car accident. India has to come with the terms next to her estranged unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) and Richard's charming and charismatic brother Charlie (Matthew Goode), who has spent his life traveling the world.…
Artistically quite cool (sound effects were really enjoyable).
I should have been drawn to those characters as I appreciate creepyness and I should have at least liked the film because of that dark-themed storyline, but I didn't. It didn't feel real to me and by that I mean I couldn't imagine how this, even in a deeply messed up world or just a place, could really happen so it didn't stick.
8/10: Director Chan-wook Park's (one of my fav directors) latest thriller is stylish, artistic, beautiful, controversial and exactly like how he made it in his native South Korea. Simple story, but because of his his top-notch camera direction, he turned an average storyline into a masterpiece. Almost every shot is symbolic and controversial. Must watch!
Both sexy and creepy as fuck. A marvelous thriller that is somewhat deflated by its own inelegant machinations—overcooked, over-explained, plotting. But still, those brilliant parts burn like embers in the recesses of my mind.
Beautiful film, but could do with some script work.
The camera-work was amazing.
Insane.Insanely creepy and disgusting.The cinematography was really beautiful anyway,that´s what saved the whole thing for me.That and Mia Wasikowska.
Geez Chan-wook Park.....I audibly said while watching this film, "Holy crap this is insane."
This story takes some turns, and is purely just a visual feast. I am amazed at Park's abilities with a camera. Absolutely stunning, and i highly recommend this movie, as off putting as it gets sometimes. The less you know the better, when it comes to this movie, so tread lightly when reading into it. Thumbs up.
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