Written April 04, 2013
I watched "Stoker" last week, and finally have the chance to say, I liked this movie! I had the choice to see this or "GI Joe." Speaking only for myself; I made the correct decision! This is an interesting story that unfolds. The movie's characters are played out quite good - two of the main characters are a little creepy. What makes a person commit, or want to commit violent crime (murder)? Are we born that way or do we learn it? Maybe it depends upon the person? Of course this film is merely fiction, but it's an interesting tale of human relationships (or lack of), psycho-sexual (deviant) development, and ethics/morality. Who among us is a sociopath? What secrets do some families have and hide?
Written July 25, 2014
Weak in the plot department, good performances by Kidman and Wasikowska, but Goode lacked the charisma for the charismatic part... Just added up to very little at the end, although artfully done. I was hoping for more.
Written March 24, 2013
Absolutely not for all esp pre teens - but a well directed visually stunning movie. We acted and entertaining. Needs close attention and not a cookie cutter theme - so some will lose interst quickly - but for audiences that are willing to follow the visual clues - listen to the dialogue - and ignore the fact that there are no aliens - no star ships blowing up - and no hordes of zombies - this is a slick - grown up movie.
Written November 07, 2013
The way this movie was shot and edited is really startling. I usually don't notice things like that, but here it's really purposefully jarring. Scenes freeze, and rewind and play again. Or they just freeze and pause before playing on. At first it was kinda annoying. I thought it was over stylized in a way that pulls you out of the story. It's hard to suspend belief when someone is playing with the pictures meant to pull you into their world. But after a while, you see that the film's weird and disturbing use of freeze frames and repetition is also telling India's story.
And India's story is very disturbing. It reminded me a lot of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It's a very blunt and unsettling look at a type of person that we all know exists but can't, or don't want to understand. I'm not sure Stoker really helps you understand, but it gives you a very intimate glimpse into their mind.
Written April 02, 2013
To say this film starts slowly would be an gross understatement. At first I thought it might have been poorly edited, then minutes later I decided it was just "slow." Soon enough though, all started to become clearer. To say this film is unique would be wholly accurate. While it reminded me of horror thrillers of the late 70s/early 80s, it's unique and stands alone. Bearing the "Scott Free" logo and carrying the names of both Tony and Ridley Scott on the opening credits, one should be clued right away that all is not as it appears. That would indeed be the truth. Don't be misled though. This film is NOT for everyone. First and foremost, patience is the key. Next, one must be willing to be led, seduced into constant wonder, in order to truly enjoy this film. Finally, this one's not for the squeamish either. Given my previous admonitions, see it. You won't be disappointed.