Director Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy is a modern masterpiece, so it’s safe to say that he’s facing a bit of pressure with his English language debut, Stoker. And while it may not have people chowing down on live octopuses (octopii?), or introducing us to the violent efficiency of a claw hammer, it is looking no less disturbing.
Written by Wentworth Miller (yes, that Wentworth Miller) it seems to be a rather dark and twisted journey into the lives one very, very messed up family. Not since Wentworth came out of the closet, have I seen this level of crazy female action.
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). 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.
I’ve only really seen Mia Wasikowska in one role, in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, where she left about as much of an impact on me as flatulence in a cyclone. Here though, her withdrawn delivery seems much more suitable as she does her best Wednesday Addams impersonation.
But man, how chilling is Nicole Kidman in that bit of opening dialogue? If anybody’s going to steal this movie, a betting man would have to play the odds with her. Remember, the Australian actress was married to Tom Cruise for a decade, she knows about crazy.
Last Updated: September 27, 2012