Stalker ★★★½

"My conscience wants vegetarianism to win over the world. And my subconscious is yearning for a piece of juicy meat. But what do I want?"

The brilliance of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker comes from the discussion it creates. While it is often dull to sit through, I finished the movie with interesting questions that can undoubtedly start a conversation. The methodical pacing, while tiresome, creates a certain atmosphere. There's weight given to every word spoken from a character's mouth. Whether it's a simple remark or a long monologue, which there were many, I was always leaning in to see what they were saying.

The long shots were often beautiful. Tarkovsky clearly understands how to create images that linger in your mind. I have a feeling I'm going to think about this movie for a very long time.

While I got a bit sleepy sometimes I can't say this movie didn't intrigue me from beginning to end. It builds an atmosphere of tension, mystery, and drama that I can only compare to Blade Runner 2049. The stronger it was, the more invested I became in the story. By the time I got to the second half I took a break and finished it today, but I wish I had seen this in one sitting. It builds a mood that was unique and hypnotizing, almost like the best moments I've seen from the works of Kubrick.

I still don't fully understand this movie (I stoopid) but I think it's a movie that was definitely interesting. It's not for everybody but it was an experience I probably won't forget for quite a while.

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