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The trailer for Stoker is something that I hate. I am not saying this because this is a film I hate, but rather I say this because this is a trailer which gives away almost the entire plot of the whole film. Before we go any further, please just promise me you won’t watch the trailer.
Stoker is a weird and wonderfully dark thriller/drama, directed by the visionary Oldboy director, Park Chan-wook. The film revolves around Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman) and her 18 year old daughter India (Mia Wasikowska) dealing with the sudden death of India’s father, and the arrival of her charismatic uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who has been absent from most of India’s childhood. The screenplay is written by Wentworth Miller, better known for his acting work, and the film is produced by the legendary duo Tony and Ridley Scott.
This film is likely to muddle with your brain quite a bit. You will, no doubt, spend a large amount of the film trying to work out who has what secret motive, which of the characters are hiding something and who is really the villain of the film and so on. Stoker has been written to make you think like this, and the film is so full of visual clues and symbolism that it will keep you guessing, and perhaps slightly confused throughout. Rather than being an annoying feature, this only adds to the intrigue of the film, and will keep you curious until the end. Many film fans will also notice the many similarities between Stoker and the films of Hitchcock; most noticeably the use of a likeable villain and the many hidden motifs.
You should see this film, if for nothing else, for the amazing and versatile performances by the three lead actors. There is a great depth of character in the roles played by the disinterested Kidman, the curious Wasikowska and the charming Goode. It could have been very easy for the actors to overplay their parts and turn the film into a farce, but all manage to bring their own qualities to the script and to their odd characters.
Wasikowska especially, whose point of view the audience see the majority of the film from, is amazing at portraying a character so serious and yet so seemingly naive at the same time.
One word of warning though, when Nicole Kidman has a close up on screen, you may spend a lot of time trying to work out how much plastic surgery she has had. Once this has been overlooked, Stoker is one of the greatest mystery thrillers to have been released in 2013, and a must watch for any thriller fans who will be kept engaged throughout.
Warning, this trailer is quite spoiler-ish!
Published 12th November 2013