Summary: Stoker, like all of Park’s films, won’t be one suited to all tastes but it’s a beautifully made and wonderfully dark slice of filmmaking that features remarkable work from the cast and some amazing imagery.
Excerpt: Can a movie succeed on mood and tension alone? Stoker attempts that feat and partially succeeds. Great performances in two critical roles overcome some of inherent limitations in dialogue and story. It is a stylish film that cannot be easily categorized into any singular genre.
Excerpt: Stoker is not a movie about vampires. Repeat – Stoker is not a movie about vampires. This is what happens when you literally judge a book (or as the case may be, a Blu-Ray) by its cover. When picking out a movie to watch, this was one that arrived at my doorstep a few days earlier.
Summary: The true shining star in the film is the performance of Mia Wasikowska as India. She sells the morbid girl to a very chilling degree. She’s able to sell the mood, and that makes everything all that more disturbing. There’s not an ounce of the real actress here.
Conclusion: 'Stoker' is visually stunning. Wentworth Miller's script owes a lot to 'Shadow of a Doubt' though. People that have seen 'Hitchcock's early masterpiece might be frustrated at the stuff that's been blatantly lifted from it.
Conclusion: From the reaction it's gotten, Stoker seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair, with those who appreciate David Lynch-style surrealism drawn in by director Park Chan-wook's appropriation of the form, while others—perhaps expecting a more straightforward horror-thriller—have been put off for the very...
Excerpt: What's in a name? If it's Stoker, it evokes a gruesome but romantic history of violence in popular culture, of the undead rising from sarcophaguses, the rat-infested vessels that ferry them across angry seas, the horse-drawn carriages they ride beneath starry midnights, the blood that's their...