‘Stoker’: Review

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Stoker has a goddamn weird make-up of in-front of and behind the camera talent. Park Chan-Wook’s English-language debut, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, written by Wenthworth Miller, yes that dude from Prison Break, and starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman and Dermot Mulroney. ALRIGHT. I really wanted to like this more than I did, not that it’s really all that bad, but it’s a pretty average and by the number film if not for some great visual flourishes.

There’s attempts to make something beyond your whole “incest” themed and weird familial relationship thing, but it never truly manifests. It does everything it tends to pretty averagely. The acting is good all around, but never pushes into that next level to make me actually remember anything. It’s a soap-opera in a turn of words, in that it explores the relationships of these people in such close quarters with each other and how that so crazily reflects off of them.

Where the film feels pretty normal on its storytelling front, its visuals attempt to help the film along and provide an alternate and deep viewing on what the film is beginning to portray. It’s disparaging when the content is so mediocre, but the visuals around it are so much better and attempt to mask what the base part of the film is presenting.

 

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