Thursday, January 2, 2014

Stoker [USA, Britain, 2013]

Nine Things about the Movie Stoker

1. This little thriller about an extremely dysfunctional family is one of the best films of 2013.

2. It’s kind of like “Hamlet”, only more modern, gothic, and psychotic.

3. It stars Mia Wasikowska (who played Alice in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”), Matthew Goode (who played Ozymandias in “Watchmen”), and Nicole Kidman.

4. It’s about a girl, India, who celebrates her 18th birthday on the same day her father dies. When her uncle Charlie comes to the funeral, he moves in.

5. Uncle Charlie inadvertently awakens erotic feelings in India. As well as something darker.

6. I thought I knew where the movie was going, but it fooled me.

7. It was directed by Park Chan-wook, director of the famous Vengeance Trilogy (most Americans have only heard of the second film, “Oldboy”). This is his first English-language film.

8. The camera work is superb, as is the soundtrack.

9. There are many moments in the film that have double meanings. As perhaps the best example, finish the film and then go back and watch the first 60 seconds of the beginning again.