Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inspiration: India Stoker

Mia Wasikowska as India Stoker

Today, I finally got the chance to see Park Chan Wook's Stoker. The film stars Mia Wasikowska (above), Matthew Goode, and Nicole Kidman. It's basically a coming of age/loss of innocence film with the added element of murder and genetic mental illness. The film itself is chock-full of symbolism and hidden meanings. I absolutely loved it. Stylistically, this film was shot in a way that I haven't seen from any other films this year. Because of that, the script, which has a used and abused theme, feels new and nuanced, especially with the subtlety of Wasikowska, Goode, and Kidman. This film is just brilliant in all matters. I can't get over how much I love this film. The symbolism, hidden meanings, the acting, the script, and the wardrobe are all on point. And Park is still a brilliant director. 

Moving on to another reason I loved this film: the wardrobe. India Stoker has a wardrobe that I wouldn't mind owning. Her wardrobe is also used to chronicle her movement into womanhood i.e. loss of innocence. This is shown through her shoes as seen below. All in all, India's wardrobe is something to marvel at. Flirty, sheer dresses that hint at her burgeoning womanhood all the while keeping an air of innocence to her through the muted or pastel colours and the youthful collars on her gorgeous button-ups. As the film progresses, we see her wardrobe taking on a slightly more mature shape to go along with the crocodile skin heels that she wears in place of the childish saddle shoes.

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