Blu-ray review: 'Stoker'

The chilling thriller “Stoker” marks the English-language debut of director Park Chan-wook.
Oklahoman Published: June 28, 2013


One of my favorite films of 2013 so far, the chill-inducing coming-of-age mystery “Stoker” marks the twisted and triumphant English-language debut of esteemed South Korean director Park Chan-wook.

Written by actor Wentworth Miller (the TV show “Prison Break”), the psychosexual thriller pays homage to the 1943 Alfred Hitchcock classic “Shadow of a Doubt” — Matthew Goode's creepy character is even named Uncle Charlie — but Park's unique visual and aural style steeps the storytelling in an eerie elegance.

Australian up-and-comer Mia Wasikowska stars as shy and sullen India Stoker, whose beloved father, Richard (Dermot Mulroney), dies in an accident on her 18th birthday. At the funeral, she is surprised when her father's younger brother (Goode) shows up unannounced. India didn't even know she had an Uncle Charlie.

India's icy and unstable mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman), claims that the long-lost relative is a world traveler who rarely stays put for more than a few days, but after the funeral, Charlie moves right into his dead brother's Southern gothic mansion. Despite the protests of India's anxious great-aunt (Jacki Weaver), the soft-spoken charmer is soon revamping the grounds, cooking fancy meals and cultivating an unsuitably snug relationship with his vain, newly widowed sister-in-law.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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