It tries to gel two contrasting tales, but does so in such an inelegant way that the movie only comes out looking like there was a new director for each scene. There are some good laughs and Frances McDormand is in complete command of her character, but overall it misses the mark.
Stoker is tense. Stoker is creepy. Stoker is an excellent english-language debut for Park Chan-wook.
There's a wonderful tease that runs through Stoker, as the knowledge of the film is right at your fingertips the entire time, yet it never truly reveals it to you. In that way, it hooks you for it's entire length.
The acting is superb, as well. Matthew Goode is incredibly creepy as the long-missing uncle, and so are both Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in their roles.
I won't go into much detail for fear of giving anything away, but Stoker is quite the film.
Frances Ha is the story of a woman who hasn't gotten it all figured out yet when her friends start to "grow up", so to speak. This leads to a bit of soul searching and house hopping from the fantastic Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the script.
To me, Frances Ha works so well because it feels so human. Here are real people struggling with their inner thoughts (which may be outwardly presented in the…