Not entertaining, but that's not the point of the film. It's purposely unbearably slow to illustrate--pretty well, I hear--what it was like for people in the USSR around this time. It's frustrating sometimes, but again, that's the point. I don't think I'd see it again, though.
This a very interesting film for two reasons: first is the incredible visual atmosphere held for the entire runtime of the film and second is the kind of the questions about faith and hope it asks the viewer. It's a very slow film, but there's never really a time when nothing is happening. I wasn't bored for a second.
Stalker is going to stay with me. A re-watch is seeming essential as there is so much to understand and feel. The imagery is from another planet which is fitting since it is sci-fi. My first Tarkovsky and I really cannot wait for the rest.
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 .
well - favorite movie of all time. I have seen it at least 30 times and each time i like it a little bit more. I'm afraid to continue this , because something weird may occur. Anyway - this film is stunning. Stalker - the post-apocalyptic martyr, leads the Science and the Art to see the FAITH and in the end he dies from their mistrust. Plus this movie has the most beautiful cinematography ever !
A perfect film. The minimal plot is easily overlooked when coupled with the beautiful images that will leave you speechless. The film would work just as well without the philosophical bits put in simply because it's such a joy to look at. The atmosphere Tarkovsky crafted will draw you in.
Stalker is impressive not just because it has excellent cinematography, but because Tarkovsky uses it, combined with sound, music, and pacing, to its fullest extent to create one of the most immersive and aesthetically-stunning experiences in cinema. The philosophical nuances are abundant and not possible to all pick up on the first time around, but I feel that its basic message of hope and humility in the face of helplessness and blind ambition was expressed elegantly.
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.
Belief is a powerful force, manipulatively self-deluding, or positively enabling and life-affirming. Stalker embodies this theme and leaves the viewer within constant uncertainty, it is up to you to make your own conclusions, to piece together the philosophies revealed by the harrowing performances of its three main characters and from that shape your own belief regarding the enigmatic purpose and presence of the Zone. Amazingly shot, amazingly acted, amazing in every respect. Beautiful.
Stalker is quite slow, and minimalist. The plot was hard for me to follow, but I never really lost interest. The cinematography alone could have kept me interested for awhile longer than 2.5 hours. On top of amazing photography the sets were amazing, and they helped craft one of the most atmospheric movies I have ever seen. If you go into Stalker expecting slow and beautiful you will be rewarded with an amazing experience.