AnnihiSlateR wrote:Stoker was more than ok, it was mint.
What was predictable about it? There's not an awful lot of the film that's plot driven, and a lot isn't revealed. The only thing you could really predict would be what happened to her father (I say it vaguely to avoid spoilers).
Not seen Stoker but just watched the trailer and it looks to be nothing more than yet another of those my-stepdad's-a-mental-but-nobody-believes-me-because-I'm-a-bit-mental-too types of film.
Go on. Sell me.
Kind of is, except it's her uncle rather than step dad. But their existence is far too isolated, there's no real 'no one believes me' as she doesn't need to tell anyone. People have suggested a sort of coming of age through violence element to it, there's lots of symbolism in it (Birds, Spiders, Shoes etc), there's amazing sound design. A really interesting dynamic between the main character and her uncle, and weird sexual undertones, with her getting off at violence, but also sound (she has hyper sensitive hearing) in a scene that is, when you think about it either incest, rape or both. It's nicely paced, some nice editing, making you question the timeline and what's real and what isn't. And I feel a lot of it has the suspense of a horror film without any of the big scare at the end of the tension. But I like that about it, there's a feeling of unease, but you never really resolve it. And when it finished I didn't feel like I'd been spoon fed everything, certain things, certainly symbolic things, are very much open to interpretation. Me and my mate Andy talked about it for a good hour or so after, and Andy Hall and I exchanged a few messages talking about various things about it. He mentioned it being like a Vampire film without vampires, which is another interesting theory. Especially when you factor in it being called Stoker, nod to Bram Stoker perhaps? Either way, it's certainly worth watching to draw your own conclusions.