Thursday, April 4, 2013

Theater Interruption (Stoker)

Stoker (2013)

Director: Chan-wook Park
Writers: Wentworth Miller, Erin Cressida Wilson 
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode

Stoker is essentially a twisted take on Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. But this isn't Code-era Hollywood here, as Park isn't afraid to crank up the violence and sexual tension to eleven when the story calls for it. Overall, the script is good but not great and really doesn't come together as well as one would hope in the final act, but there is still a lot to love here. Wasikowska, Goode and Kidman are all excellent in their respective roles, but it is Park's direction that really stands out. His use of sound and editing is particularly wonderful in complementing the secluded Gothic aesthetic, producing a tense and oppressive atmosphere throughout much of the film. An excellent Hollywood debut for Park.

Score: 7 / 10

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