Stoker Trailer Brings Chills and Much More
With a Black Swan-esque fierceness it opens with Kidman firing off about watching her daughter (India) torn apart by life…and enjoying it. Could this be her chance to make for the atrocities that were Just Go With It and Tresspass? Kidman plays what appears to be an erratic mother, Evelyn who is ripe with issues. India (Mia Wasikowska) is dealing not only with the recent death of her father but suddenly her mysterious Uncle Charlie emerges to live with them and apparently ruffle all their feathers.
Matthew Goode has shown us that he is much more than the cliché romantic comedies (Chasing Liberty, Leap Year) found throughout his career. Even with those duds his lovable charm seeps through, some of which is of key importance with his role in Stoker. His work in both A Single Man and Watchmen have set the pace for Goode to be on the fast track as leading man material. With Ozymandias we have seen him play creepy, charming, conniving and pompous all at the same time. The role of an uncle with secrets both sexually inappropriate and violent will be no problem for Goode. The relationship between the three leads is dripping with seedy sexual tension that looks lethal.
Not to mention Wasikowska is holding her own quite well with the likes of Kidman and Goode. After her forgettable performance in this years Lawless I’m ready to get back on the Wasikowska train circa late 2010 early 2011. She is back with dark hair this time, constantly pressing against her face (although not as annoying as it was in The Kids are Alright) and getting away yet again playing a surly teenager. She has that Alison Lohman quality to her. While it’s clear that her mother and uncle no doubt have some issues (and that’s putting it lightly) to take care of, India is fighting her own battles both at school and in the home but from what the trailer offers she handles herself just fine.
It’s trailers such as this that don’t come along every day. There is just enough information to reel you in, sell you then it finishes without giving too much away. If it were up to me this would be the only trailer for Stoker that is released. The fact that not every plot detail is laid out entirely is what will make the viewing experience of Stoker much more enjoyable. I need to find out what’s going on with that spider (seriously I don’t dig spiders on my saddle shoes) and one can only predict a possible epic freak out from Kidman which is hinted at when it seems uncle Charlie develops a liking for India.
On a minor sub-note there is a picture of the father supposedly played by Dermot Mulroney. The trailer doesn’t show him anywhere else and I’m curious if he will appear in the film in a larger role than just a picture. It wouldn’t be the first time he “appeared” in a film, I mean who exactly was that mysterious voice at the end of Abduction?
This is Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film and if you have seen Oldboy or any of his other work you know you’re in for a treat. It’s going to be beautiful, ultra-violent and probably disturb you for days to come.
Under the pseudonym Ted Foulke, Wentworth Miller of Prison Break fame wrote the screenplay for Stoker. Is this surprising to anyone else? I am always interested when a movie from the “Black List” that floats around Hollywood finally gets made. The list consists of the top ten screenplays every year that have yet to be produced. However, there have been some serious questions in my mind after discovering that The Beaver (Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson) was at one time on that elusive list. That’s beside the point and Stoker is on a different level with as trailer exclaims a “visionary” director and stellar cast. There seems to be a bit of everything with the family drama, classic horror and psychological twists although comedy may be the only missing element. Also, Miller has written a prequel titled “Uncle Charlie” so if all goes well it seems the treats may keep on coming.
With a director greatly inspired and influenced by Hitchcock, particularly Vertigo and a writer that has stated Shadow of a Doubt was his starting off point what is there not to be excited about?
I’ll be there March 1, 2013 when Stoker hits theaters, will you?