Impressive aesthetics and imagery to accompany intellectual musings. The film at times becomes a bit self-absorbed with itself, but is nevertheless incredibly weighty and poignant. It would be nearly flawless if it didn't have the 15 minute "epilogue."
One of the masterpieces of Tarkovsky. An interrogation of the concepts of art, science, time and the logic, on which the whole Western civilaziton lies. You'll see the mastery of Tarkovsky on film art during the journey of three men to the "Zone". Planting a criticism successfully against the "order of State", Stalker is one of Tarkovsky's "problematic" films .
Stalker must be one of the most impressive movies I've ever seen, but if you're planning to see it be prepared to engage in a slow, dark and often philosophical movie. Tarkovsky somehow succeeds in keeping your attention with powerfull images while at the same time he refuses to make it easy, constantly deluding you and refusing to bring down the movie to a coherent script. After a first view chances are small you will have the feeling you 'got' the movie but I guess that only adds to the charm.
The problem with this type of film is that people too readily put it into "cult status" category and from that point on, find it hard to assess it objectively. Sure it looks good, but nothing actually happens in it, and it most defintiely is NOT SF. I SO wanted this to be good, I really wanted to see something in this film that perhaps others might not. I didnt. It is the kings new clothes of film making, and opacity, dullness, length, slow pacing & unfathomable plot does NOT make a good film
One of the most powerful expressions of the filmic language I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Tarkovsky pushes the medium to its maximum potential, creating a complex and moving work of visual poetry.
This was my intro to Tarkovsky, and I definitely need to explore his work further. However, I didn't find myself as lured into the world as much as others have, like there was always a wall preventing me from connecting to it on a deeper level. I did enjoy it though, and I love the "sci-fi in script only" aspect (much like like Alphaville). Displays the majesty of decay like no other film.
A perfect movie as far as I'm concerned. In the walks of life, will you believe someone who says he has seen it all before, or will you try to cut your own path? Are the perils he speaks of real? After all, some say that the journey is more important than the destination. That said, I couldn't imagine a better stalker for me than Andrei Tarkovsky.