Writer: Wentworth Miller
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jackie Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, Phyllis Somerville
Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock's classic, 'Shadow of a Doubt?' Well, Stoker is like that, except our female protagonist is just as crazy as Uncle Charlie. It's a beautifully made, disturbing, and extremely intriguing film. There are plenty of masterful elements to Stoker, especially in the cinematography. I found all of the performances to be really effective, particularly Mia Wasikowska as India. While it may not be perfect, it's one of the most fiendishly entertaining films of 2013.
India (Mia Wasikowska) is a quirky, quiet, independent young woman who has the ability to hear faint sounds from very far away (such as crickets in a far-off field, or whispers from behind closed doors). After her father dies, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). She comes to suspect that there is much more to her uncle than once thought.
This might sound a little messed up, but in Shadow of a Doubt, starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotton, I felt a lot of sexual chemistry between the two. Even though Wright played the niece of Cotton, I just couldn't help but feel a spark between them. Stoker takes a completely different approach to Shadow of a Doubt, making it more modern, darker, and much more graphic. It adds fuel to the spark between the Uncle and his niece, thus igniting quite an obvious flame between the two. The difference between Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker is that I cared a lot more about what happened in Hitchcock's classic, as opposed to Park Chan-Wook's great film.
|Wasikowska never fails to impress me. This is one of her best performances.|
Mia Wasikowska is one of the best actresses there is today. She's such a diverse talent, I could see her going as far as Meryl Streep. Even though she has such a thick Australian accent in real life, she pulls off a pitch perfect American accent in Stoker. That's something that Nicole Kidman is yet to master, however, Kidman's performance was stunning. There's no other word for it, but stunning. In fact, there were three Aussie actresses who tried a hand at the American accent. Jacki Weaver did a good job, Kidman did great, and Wasikowska did it perfectly. I think Kidman's performance is by far the most memorable, particularly her monologue where she says "I want to see the world crush you." BUT, Wasikowska gave an all round perfect performance. Not an expression out of place, nor a word mispoken... she became the character of India and sucked me into her strange story. Matthew Goode gave a spot on performance too, but I feel they could have developed Uncle Charlie a bit better by injecting more emotion into his personality (but hey, that's just my opinion).
|One of Nicole Kidman's best performances.|