Stoker is one of the most visually arresting films I’ve seen in years, so it’s only fitting that I wish it was accompanied by that strong of a narrative. The movie’s wonderfully stylized and competent for its short running time, yet it never picks up any type of thematic consistency. I’m not going to insist that the film doesn’t have a point, but it feels too abstract for its own good, with no character motivation and a simple “family is everything” vibe. Chan-wook is an obviously talented director, doing an absolutely terrific job at making the film compelling and interesting. I can’t say I was bored at all, nor was I necessarily wondering what was happening on screen. It’s just such an empty experience that, while I enjoyed it during the time I watched, it leaves me with nothing to think about. It’s a hollow, beautiful film.
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