4.0 out of 5 stars
A review about a book about..., 21 April 2014
To start with, Stalker is one of my favorite movies. I believe if you like the movie, or at least have some interest in it, maybe you saw it and didn't quite like it but acknowledged there might be something in it, then you'll probably like this book. If you have no idea what's being talked about then you probably shouldn't buy this book.
Dyer follows the movie scene by scene, with commentaries on the cinematic aspect of it, on the technical aspects and people involved in making it, on the meaning (or supposed meaning) of it with lots of references to different cultural media (sometimes a bit too much), with episodes of his own life, etc. It's a very enjoyable and unusual book, I couldn't stop flipping the pages. It's pretty much a guy talking about a movie he loves and all it evokes on him, backed with a lot of factual knowledge about it as well, and you can feel Dyer's passion for the movie.
That being said, I think it occasionally misses the mark and in the end I think the book stands on the shoulders of an amazing movie, and is interesting only because the movie is interesting, there's nothing brilliant in the book itself (if you could somehow separate it from the movie that it's about). Or perhaps the brilliant aspect of the book is the fact that the book actually exists, that someone decided to make a book like this about a movie. In that sense it's quite original.
In short, if you like the movie you will surely enjoy the book very much, even if it only works as a different way to see a movie you like.