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. Elements of drama, mystery and horror combine for a look at twisted family dynamics via the Stokers.
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. I’d not heard of it, though the names Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman were certainly familiar.
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. If you can get over that and enjoy the visual aesthetic, then 'Stoker' might be just the treat. It has some killer audio and video. The special features are fairly well-rounded considering its low-budget roots. 'Stoker' is recommended viewing.
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 same reason.
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 sustenance, the sun that's their poison.
Excerpt: Anyone already planning on seeing Stoker , the English-language film debut of Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-wook, shouldn’t read this review. Or watch a trailer. Or read anything about it at all, really. While the film isn’t about big twists or midstream tonal changes, like many other films best approached tabula rasa , it does rely more than most on mystery and atmosphere. Even knowing the genre up front may lead viewers to approach it in a non-constructive way.
Conclusion: India Stoker ( Wasikowska ) on hieman omissa maailmoissaan elävä nuori nainen, jonka isä kuolee tämän 18. syntymäpäivänä. Surevaan taloon ilmestyy kuitenkin isän veli Charlie ( Goode ), joka haluaa olla lohduksi sekä Indialle että tämän äidille ( Kidman ), kenties liiankin kanssa. Stokerin on ohjannut rankoista elokuvistaan tunnettu korealainen Park Chan-wook , ja tämän visuaalinen tyyli on selkeästi esillä heti alusta asti.