I was not let down by Park-Chan Wook‘s (director of Oldboy) first English language film Stoker. The movie is a mystery thriller and a pure work of art: very intense, very hypnotic and very twisted. You certainly can’t call it a typical genre movie, but that didn’t make it any less intriguing. There was a definite focus on the visual and acoustic part of the film, with slow-storytelling which made it for me even more striking and gorgeous. But before I get ahead of myself, here a short plot-summary:
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) loses her father (Dermot Mulroney) and has to deal with her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman) and the mysterious, strange and charming uncle (Matthew Goode) she never even knew she had.
I kept it extra-short to make sure I wouldn’t spoil anything, considering that the story is quite predictable once you start watching the film anyway. In general I would say, Stoker is effectively creepy and fascinating, very well acted and beautiful to watch. I think it could have been even more shoking and powerful in the ending, but it is nonetheless a great movie.
Did you enjoy watching Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode as much as I did? Or did you think the movie was a tad too slow and too focused on the visuals?