Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti
The Gist: After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother. Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Stokers: Mia Wasikowska (India Stoker), Matthew Goode (Charles Stoker), Nicole Kidman (Evelyn Stoker), Dermot Mulroney (Richard Stoker)
My Take: I’ve been wanting to see this since the first previews I found late last year. I enjoyed this movie with it’s kind of quirky 1960’s family in the 21st century vibe. Throughout the story it’s somewhat difficult to tell what type of movie it is. I wanted to believe that it was a vampire movie, certainly can get that feeling but I wasn’t disappointed that it is not. The story is interesting as we watch a girl, shy and odd, become a strong and dangerous woman under the eerie and creepy watch of her Uncle Charles. This flick has some twists and strange turns that help the story to unfold in it’s odd and surreal way.
Final Thoughts: Some people love this movie, others hate it. I can see both sides of why it’s liked and not so much. For me, I loved it. The acting is quite good by all and Matthew Goode plays the creepy, always smiling Uncle Charles exceptionally well. Visually, the movie is stunning with every scene being vibrant and beautifully shot and the story is odd yet enthralling. Interesting fact: the screenplay was written by actor Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and directed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Thirst).