Sunday, June 30, 2013



Mia Wasikowska,
Matthew Goode


March 1, 2013

Park Chan-Wook

Fox Searchlight Pictures

1 hour 39 minutes



To get this off the bat, 'Stoker' is a very strange movie.  This is one of those films that people will either fall in love with, or just not care for it.  At this point in time, I'm not on the 'Stoker' bandwagon.  Stoker is a psychological thriller about an 18 year old girl named India whose uncle, whom she's never known about, mysteriously shows up and stays with her and her mother.  This is a movie that delves into a bizarre territory filled with mystery, psychology, and incest.  Lots of incest.  The performances are good, especially Matthew Goode, whose portrayal of a mysterious psychopath is engaging and sometimes haunting.  His character's story, along with the performance in general, keeps the audience guessing until his big secret is revealed.

Mia Wasikowska, while good, showed little to no emotion except in one scene that is quite disturbing.  Nicole Kidman is just sort of there and is fine for what she's supposed to be, which is the mother who is simply there playing victim.  I admire director/screenwriter Park Chan-Wook's vision overall, it's just that the full execution, as well as the editing which felt like it was trying to mimic Harmony Korine's editing style in 'Spring Breakers,' wasn't done that well in my opinion.  Other than Goode, my favorite thing about the film is the luscious cinematography that just makes the gloomy setting of the film look astonishingly beautiful.  It's very possible that in the future, I'll grow to really love 'Stoker.'  For now though, as a 16 year old, this movie was too weird and too out there for me to fully appreciate.  If you can't handle a scene that features the lead character pleasuring herself to her memories of murder, then you may want to stay away from this.

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