Movie Review #446: Stoker

Beautifully Disturbing

I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing, but I really enjoyed my viewing of Stoker, a disturbing, psycho-erotic thriller directed by Park Chan Wook (Oldboy) and written by Wentworth Miller. His first American feature, Wook infuses the film with a dark, eerie atmosphere to support the story. And the editing and cinematography only makes it more effective. The three leads, Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode are all captivating; the first one especially. Their lack of regard for others aside from themselves detaches them from their humanity, but I can’t help but be drawn closer towards their characters. There’s no happy ending however, as the conclusion finds only one satisfied. But I’m not totally sure if he/she will be completely okay in the future.

The best thing I can take away from the film is a line narrated in the first few minutes: “Just as a flower does not choose its color; we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free. And to become an adult, is to become free.” I was a bit surprised how connected the first and last scenes were, so my suggestion to whoever will watch this is to start paying attention from the first frame.

GRADE: B+

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