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I absolutely loved this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film was beautiful, interesting, intriguing and enchanting, I did not expect to like it as much as I did. The film is very well made and the story is told in a very different and unique way and I truly enjoyed that. The film is wonderful visually and if you watch carefully, you will find many answers in the visuals and I just loved that. The performances in this film were superb, the actors definitely enhanced this film and made it that much better. Overall, this film was very stylish and mysterious and I think it is worth seeing on the big screen.
This is another superb movie for the young star that is Mia Wasikowska. I don't know how she keeps managing to get these stellar parts, but whatever you're doing girl, it's workin'! In this movie she plays a teenage girl named India whose father is killed in an accident. Her relationship with her mother Evelyn is at best a chilly one (and that's being kind about it). She hears one day that her mysterious Uncle Charlie will be showing up to pay them a visit...but she's trepidatious because she's never met Uncle Charlie or heard very much about him. When he does show up, he seems to be nice and sweet and handsome. Just the kind of man she wished was her father. But then Charlie ends up driving a rift between mother and daughter that drives them even further apart. The story is very suspenseful and reminded me of an Hollywood thriller. One of the best movies I've seen in years.
Hmmm...not so sure I liked this one as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong: I generally love everything with Nicole Kidman - I even have "Australia" on DVD! But when she gets cast as these overly cold mothers who care just for themselves it makes me wonder why she takes these roles because the characters are so utterly unlikeable and unrelatable! The mother she plays in this movie is named Evelyn. Her husband dies in a car accident and then his brother Charlie shows up and she starts having an affair with him. It's all pretty standard soap opera stuff until we begin to find out that Uncle Charlie is not who (or what) he appears to be. I would say that this movie is strictly for fans of thrillers and Hitchc*** movies. I was expecting something more sophisticated, but I guess I'll have to wait until Kidman plays Grace Kelly in the upcoming biopic.
This is one of the better films you’ll see all year if no other reason than that it tries to do something genuinely different in the horror genre and ends up succeeding. Kind of.
The story is about a young girl named India (Mia Wasikowska) whose father dies suddenly in a car accident. The girl’s mother, Evelyn (played by Nicole Kidman), is a testament to the icy cold maternal monster the stuff child abuse legends are made of. She isn’t violent, but abusive in the sense that she has almost no ability to ascertain her daughter’s needs. Mother’s needs come first and last; she is a maternal sociopath.
One day, India’s Uncle Charlie shows up. As her deceased father’s brother, you would suspect that he arrives to fill the role of father in her half orphaned life; actually, he comes to wreak havoc on her life in ways that are almost too creepy to name. She has never met him before, yet she has heard a few things about him. None of it, of course, is true. This becomes especially apparent when a sexual relationship erupts between Charlie and Evelyn.
The film is memorable for being a hybrid of horror-thriller-melodrama. It is an homage to Hitchc*** in that it is obviously inspired by Norman Bates. Wasikowska and Kidman play their parts effortlessly (Kidman seems to be the go-to gal for icy mothers these days), but Matthew Goode carries the picture with his chilling portrayal of Uncle Charlie. An underutilized and under-recognized actor, this should boost his career prospects far beyond what they have been to date.
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