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As a horror film it is strangely elegant. As a romance film it is quite disturbing. As a coming-of-age film, it is simply chilling!
Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Mia Wasikowska all provide some wonderful acting here. Kidman's talent is to be expected, but Goode and Wasikowska are especially impressive. Matthew Goode is nearly unrecognizable in his emotions on display here and Mia Wasikowska completely owns the role. Its hard to take your eyes off these characters.
The elegance of the set and costume design is surprising, giving the film an unusual style; the shifts in tone contrasted with the various designs often times creates a sense of disorientation yet overflows with beauty. The camera dances in expertly crafted movements, which is never a distraction, giving the film another layer of polish.
Music and sound design is expertly crafted as well. Classical piano and strings fill the score, while the sounds of the Stoker House are startlingly clear (due to a character's ability to hear extremely well). The sound of India cracking an egg, for example, will surprise many viewers. She is in-tune with the world around her, and the sound design helps create this illusion flawlessly.Read more ›
Charlie's behavior is pleasant, proper and formal but at the same time, the way the guy focuses on people and things will give you the heebie jeebies. He reminds me of Norman Bates. Charlie is 9 years younger than his brother and no one has ever talked about him. In a couple scenes, Charlie who sees himself as a pretty good cook, presents dinner to India and Evie but doesn't eat himself. What is this guy, a vampire? (I wonder if the title suggests a reference to Bram Stoker)
Korean director Chan-wook Park has a good handle on this film, given that the premise is a bit ridiculous. It has some extreme sexual elements to it, but never goes too far...well except for Charlie's longing looks at his niece. Charlie originally uses his considerable charms on Evie which is disturbing enough, but it is clear his primary focus is elsewhere and those who get in his way will have a price to pay. Goode is very good in this role.
Equally noteworthy is Wasikowska who classmates call "Stroker" for no reason other than to torment her. She stays within herself and is terribly suspicious of Charlie, yet fights an urge of attraction. Her nature is perhaps hinted at early in the movie when a spider shows up on her leg.Read more ›
The plot can be summarized as follows without providing information that would destroy the suspenseful movement of this strange story: India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is beautifully and thoughtfully directed, it pleases all my senses and I hope it pleases yours as well!Published 16 days ago by :)
I've seen better acting in LIFETIME MOVIES. There are 3 main characters: The mom, the daughter, and dunn, dunn, dunn . . . . THE EVIL Uncle (Why do they always blame the uncle?). Read morePublished 22 days ago by righteous fersure
I'm not sure what is says about me that I loved this film so much. Are serial killers hereditary? This film makes you wonder.Published 1 month ago by Bronte
Fantastic film. The writing, cinematography, acting, just superb. The story harks back to Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, and the inspiration is obvious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anthonyN
I can understand where people don't like this movie. It drags on at some points or may seem a bit slow and the characters are not flying out of helicopters screaming with emotion... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nyx K
While the cast is great, and the film is impeccably shot, it throws subtlety out the window about halfway through. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Damian Allen
Great, strange and something to make you think.
Unusual film - fantastic!