Korean director Chan-wook Park has given in and giving filmmaking the ole Hollywood try. The Oldboy (not Old Joy) dynamo (or so we hear, since we’ve never seen one of his movies) takes a script by Wentworth Miller (yes, that Wentworth Miller) and hands in something that’s notable, but not really that noteworthy. What does that mean? Zero idea, but we also kinda sorta have zero idea what to make of the result – Stoker
Stoker is about a mother (Nicole Kidman) and a daughter (Mia Wasikowska) trying to move on after their hubby/daddy (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a mysterious car accident. Out of nowhere comes his dashing brother (Matthew Goode), who’s more into flirting than grieving. He has eyes & designs on both ladies (the mother’s game, the daughter’s glum), and a wide perma-smile that spells something fishy. So what happens? Moody moodness, lovely cinematography and editing, some pop-ins from Alden Ehrenreich and Jacki Weaver, and not much else. There’s a reveal towards the end, but it’s not too revealing, and then some stuff happens, and then something else happens, which doesn’t seem to jive with anything, and then the movie ends, and I was like, whaaat? And then I was like OK, well, whatever, nevermind
Acting Up: for some reason Harmony Korine plays an art teacher in Stoker, and has about 8 seconds of screen time. This isn’t Korine’s first acting rodeo. Lettuce take a look at all of Harmony’s harmonic screen appearances!!!
Verdictgo: high endish Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges
Stoker is stroking it in limited release
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…