Stoker

Stoker
By Korean director Park Chan Wook, Stoker is a psychologically thriller that would satisfy fans of Black Swan or the Hitchcock genre.

When young student India (Mia Wasikowska) loses her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a fresk car accident, her supposed uncle Charles (Matthew Goode) mysteriously appears with great charisma. Even her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) is susceptible to his charm. But things start to get strange when their housekeeper and a relation either disappears or gets driven out of the picture. What's worse, the mother-daughter relationship tenses up further with this unknown man.

The roles demand much from the cast and Park has them with all three leads. Kidman performs well with little nuances of a passive aggressive, cold mother while Wasikowska does brilliantly with her inquisitive character. The backdrop, mostly of the Stoker family house, is beautifully done in great detail.

The pace is slow but there are several enjoyable aspects with the excellent acting and intricate props. Still, audience would either love or hate this show for its ending is unexpected and even unnecessary.


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