One of my favorite directors of all-time is Park Chan-wook, best known for his Vengeance trilogy, which includes the legendary Oldboy. The Korean master has completed his first English-language feature, Stoker, which premiered the Sundance Film Festival before its March 1 release through Fox Searchlight.
Ryan Daley was on hand and calls Stoker, which stars Wentworth Miller, Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich, Phyllis Somerville and Dermot Mulroney, “an extremely slow-starter, a contemplative thriller that holds back the genre elements until the second half.
“As a murder mystery, it ranks as merely solid,” adds Daley. “But it’s virtually impossibly to overstate the beauty of Park’s visuals here. The rich color palette, captured with the assistance of longtime cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, is nothing less than breathtaking. Virtually any still image from the film could be framed and hung as a masterpiece. While it may lack the dark intensity of Park’s previous projects, Stoker is the textbook definition of an art film.”
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