Monday 25 February 2013

Stoker review

Stoker (18/R, 99 mins)
Director: Chan-wook Park
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Eighteen year old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) can see and hear things others can’t. After her father dies, his brother (Matthew Goode) comes to the house she shares with her mother (Nicole Kidman), one that seems permanently stuck in the 1950s even though the film is set in the present day, bringing all sorts of threat with him. A moody, deliberately paced, over-egged gothic melodrama, Stoker is a sensory overload, all visual insistence and tricksy editing amounting to a lot of self-conscious frippery that becomes very irritating very quickly. A scene can’t go by without an artful shot or unnecessary camera move in a film in which no attempt is made at a grounded narrative, making it suffocatingly weird, yet also rather dull and ultimately absolute hooey.

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