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From Good to Great,
This review is from: Stoker [DVD]  (DVD)
Okay, so I am approaching this review as a huge Park Chan-Wook fan and also with an immense sense of loyal relief that 'Stoker' (Park's English language debut as you no doubt know) has thankfully delivered the goods big time.
...Seriously though...can this guy direct or what!?
After watching 'Stoker' recently it struck me that 'not a lot happens' and that actually the adapted story is a fairly unspectacular one. Without wanting to sound anti-Hollywood, in less skilled hands this film could have been a bit of a bore. Throw in Park's trademark precision, a hatful of clever symbolism, stunning cinematography and his usual flirtations with the surreal and you have the complete package.
The acting was excellent; particularly from Mia Wasikowska although I thought this was also Nicole Kidman's strongest performance for some time too - as others have mentioned the musical score is typically excellent as well.
One observation of 'Stoker' is that it's more measured and reserved than say 'Oldboy' or 'Thirst'. I was expecting the usual 'squirm' moments and plenty of violence and whilst there are a couple of such scenes they are (probably with Hollywood in mind) not in the same league as say, eating live Octopus! In fairness this is a good move by Park who shows he can adapt as needed.
I won't go into the storyline as it's all been said before, but in summary 'Stoker' is a good film made great by a true master of his film-making profession.