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`Stoker' is made by a confident and gifted film-maker, who manages to turn an average film into a striking and watchable one,
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South Korean director Park Chan-Wook makes his American debut with `Stoker', a story of 18 year old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) coming to terms with the loss of her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney). Evie (Nicole Kidman) has not been the best mother to her so far, India's emotional future doesn't look promising.
India was always daddy's girl, regularly going on hunting trips with Richard, he even stuffed her kills as mementoes of their time together. India is quietly distraught and abandoned, uncomfortable in her home without her father. The brittle and selfish Evie just does not know how to comfort and care for India. Relief appears for both in the form of India's long lost Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). Mystery surrounds the handsome and cultured Charlie, India didn't know he existed, all Evie knew was that Charlie spent all his time all across the globe on business. Charlie decides to stay at the Stokers home for a while, helping out around the house, trying to develop a friendship with Evie and the mis-trusting India.
Considering Chan-Wooks pedigree as a master of stylish ultra-twisted tales, `Stoker' has the right ingredients for another tale of terror with themes of sexual awakening, death, obsession and dark family secrets. However, `Stoker' is quite a conservative film by his standards, `Oldboy' this most certainly isn't! The central arc of the film, of who Charlie really is, is shown too early for me. Wasikowska (looking very much like a young Cate Blanchett) is a suitably unruly mix of menace and innocence, Kidman doesn't really have much to do throughout the film other than look lonely and pathetic. Matthew Goode is excellent as Charlie, a perfect blend of charming devilment, and that's just in those piercing eyes.
Better still is Chan-Wooks inspired camera-work and brilliant editing, complemented by some fantastic music. Every frame is beautifully crafted, trademark visual metaphors in the shape of boxes, spiders and eggs, stunning set-design and lurid colours dazzle you throughout the film. For all its faults, `Stoker' is a film made by a confident and gifted film-maker, who manages to turn an average film into a striking and watchable one.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2013 12:13:34 BDT
Gordon Bernard says:
great review, I loved it too, however what's with th spiders?? What do they represent?!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 15:44:49 BDT
CLINT McGAVIN says:
it's representative of the uncles predatory nature toward the girl. the spider disappears up her skirt, she masturbates in the shower thinking about him topping the lad thats having it away with her in the woods etc- he's gradually creeping into and awakening her burgeoning sexuality. Or something.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2013 14:20:29 BDT
B Keeler says:
haha my favourite part of this paragraph is the last bit: "Or something".
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