Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Matthew Goode, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich
More info: IMDb
Plot: After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother, Evelyn. Soon after his arrival, India begins to suspect this mysterious, charming man has disturbing ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, the friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
My rating: 7/10
Will I watch it again? Mabye
This was one I had some anticipation for. A new one by the director of OLDBOY (2003)? I’m so on board for this one. AND it’s the world premiere at Sundance? Say no more. It’s being billed as a Hitchcockian thriller, an accurate description but then again you’re also making a comparison to the genius behind so many excellent thrillers. Hell, he defined the genre with a boatload of classic films. Anyway, STOKER looks fantastic. Clint Mansell’s music works really well, and the Philip Glass piano duet (and sequence) is the best segment in the picture. I like how Park takes his time in telling a story. It’s allowed to breathe. The film is very calming…and disturbing. Nicole Kidman does a fine job but the real weight is carried and delivered by Mia Wasikowska. Great performance. Matthew Goode reminds me of how amazing a young Anthony Perkins would have been perfect for the role. He brings a real creepiness to the film. The ONLY thing I don’t like, and this could be my fault, is the ending. What the hell happened?
SPOILER BY SPOILERWEST
Why did India kill the sheriff? What was the deal with her ability to see/hear things us normal people couldn’t? Did she have some supernatural ability? Was it as simple as her coming into her own as a nutter on the loose with a gun?
END OF SPOILERS…YARRRRR!
Did I fall asleep, not realizing it, and miss an important piece of the puzzle? I was a little confused. And worst of all is I had no one to discuss it with that could offer any real help. All of those I talked to either loved it or didn’t care. So if there’s someone out that that can explain why India does what she does at the end, please leave a comment. I really want to know. With a gazillion movies out there I haven’t seen yet I can’t see myself watching this one again to maybe pick up on something I missed the first go ‘round.
Here's the cast in the Q&A that followed the film.
It's amazing how fuzzy celebrities are in real life.