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Movie review: 'Stoker'

South Korean director Park Chan-wook's distinctive style isn't lost in translation with his first English-language film, an effectively creepy psychosexual thriller.
Oklahoman Modified: March 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013

Wasikowska stars as introverted high schooler India Stoker, whose beloved father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a horrible accident on her 18th birthday. At the funeral, she is shocked when her Uncle Charlie (Goode), her father's younger brother, turns up. After all, India didn't even know she had an uncle.

Over the protests of India's fretful great-aunt, Gwendolyn (Jacki Weaver), Charlie moves in with the teenager and her cold, brittle mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). The ingratiating Charlie fixes gourmet meals, works in the garden and develops an inappropriately cozy relationship with the youth-obsessed widow. But he also has watchful eyes for India, who is both distrustful of and drawn to her handsome long-lost uncle.

Although he gets a bit heavy-handed with his use of symbolic omens like scuttling spiders and stuffed birds, Director Park (as the cast and crew respectfully dubbed him) makes an unsettling and auspicious Hollywood debut with “Stoker.”

— Brandy McDonnell

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 than 1...
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