A yet another clichéd horror , suspense and thrilling flick ‘Stoker’ from the director Park Chan Wook waits to engulf all of you with its dark and overtly erotic characters and plot-line. One of the most anticipated flicks to have interested me was Stoker, but, alas! It failed to stir even the tiniest of my intestinal muscles! Stoker could have worked a few years back when Hollywood was not bombarded with hundreds of psychological thrillers that release every year. The plot is quite run of the mill types and tells the story of a girl named India, an atrociously and unconvincingly dark ‘charactered’ being, who on the demise of her father in an accident, comes face to face with a distant uncle who she has never known. Soon, everything starts getting darker once she comes to realize the Uncle’s real agenda of coming down and staying with her and her mother who is also unstable.
But, instead of showing India in a good avatar, the director meticulously makes her deviate from the usual path and we see her falling for Uncle Charlie for his devilish charm.
As for Nicole Kidman, we have seen her enact some classy roles before and Stoker isn’t one of them for sure. To see her over horrified look and watery eyes hasn’t done anything to make this flick keep you hooked. There are many scenes and acts that seem to have been clearly forced upon the viewers. Be it the dialogues that are totally irrelevant or the flashback scenes that appear to move too quickly, everything about Stoker is a bit of an exaggeration. The earlier movies of Wook were appreciated , but , as for stoker, nothing much can be expected.
What disappointed me was the casting of British actors that were forced to act as per American protocols and seemed only artificial and funny. Sometimes, they would simply appear importunate and this very fact marred the interest. Mathew Goode has acted well, given the caliber he has, but still, he could have underplayed his part.
Stoker, as I found the hard way seemed to lack a good and productive script, though, most actors tried their level best to keep up with the boring and clichéd plot. However, I have to give some credit to Wook for bringing his usual elements of spook and violence in copious amounts in Stoker. Also, the archetypical grand and opulent household shown here was engaging. There were times when I got more intrigued viewing the overtly decorated halls and furniture than watching the pitiable acting that seemed to go on for an eternity.
Stoker belongs to its ilk of many random spooky thrillers. It is eerie no doubt, but is listless at the same time. I have just one question in mind- what has the middle class American done so wrong that it never gets its due by directors who are hell bent on showing the spooky lives of the rich and the famous?