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.
Perfect direction by Tarkovsky with fascinating and beautiful scenery. This is a film about man's desire or need for peace and understanding, and perhaps, for meaning if it's a means to that end. By the end of the two and a half hours (don't worry, it's brisk), we realize that the answers lie not in money and power or in escape or in religion, but within ourselves. After seeing this film, there's no question I'm a different cinephile and who knows, maybe a different person.
It's very hard to put this into words, because really it's more of a feeling than something concrete. To me it has the ambience of a dreary daydream, the whole sifting in and out of shades of black and grey, the long silences, whilst looking out a window with rain drops running down in front of you. It begs a lot of questions about our imagination, and the worth of our thoughts and hopes; the best part is that it just provides the framework, the answers are left for another daydream.
Interesting premise with magnificent and intriguing visuals. It was a little too slow though, and the music lulled me to sleep a bit. Hopefully I'll pick more of what it was trying to say on a second viewing.
This movie takes time to be fully understood. I watched at least 10 times, and i can't say that i understand anything that happens in it. But the cinematography, the dialogue, are all really good and it's a journey you'll never forget
Sublime. Laboriously paced but never boring, it presents us with some fascinating philosophical questions but the main attraction is the absolutely mesmerizing atmosphere. Tarkovsky is a master of his craft and the film is a visual masterpiece -and, probably, a masterpiece period.
would have rated it better if i could imagine myself ever watching it again. painstakingly beautiful cinematography. long dull stretches. over the top philosophy. adheres to the artfilm cliche (albeit before it was a hard and true cliche) of characters "road-tripping" and learning about themselves and changing their goals along the way.
Undoubtedly one of the best movies I've seen. I love the poetic dialogues, the strong degree of staging. I've now seen 3 times and each time I felt overwhelmed by the enormous and expressive imagery. One of the most beautiful pieces of film I have put eye to. BUT .. Be prepared to do what you will see is an evocative work of art and not a traditional causality-driven plot with short scenes.
As an audio-visual experience, it's unparalleled, and its premise is interesting. Its slow, contemplative pace and the visuals and sounds make it an absorbing experience, but at times Stalker lingers on an environment or a concept for too long, breaking the dream-like state it previously induced. Regardless, if you can make it through all 25 hours, Stalker will make an impact on you - if not for its philosophical musings, for the environments it immerses you in.