I was initially surprised at the lack of any real resolutions, but maybe I was just too interested to discover what the Zone and the Room really were capable of than on the journey of discovery and spiritual change the main characters go through. Has a wonderful sense of foreboding, the long takes and the locations used are simply perfect. Watching this movie was such a unique experience... tense, thought-provoking, depressing and enchanting all at once. Deserves, no, demands a rewatch.
Slow and artsy but somehow enthralling. The Mosfilm intro serves as a nice reminder that this film was indeed created and released in the Soviet Union in the midst of the Cold War, making its elegance all the more surprising to this American with preconceived notions of art under Soviet jurisdiction.
This very film fueled my desire and cravings for cinema. This film evokes so many feelings, understandings and grandeur. For some it's downright breathtaking. For me, it's just visually gripping with profound imagery, scenes and of course photography. On an emotional scale, this is completely over-the-top with so many complex, enigmatic aesthetics. Just plain amazing.
Amazingly dense, a rich and thoughtful work of philosophy and religion. It will take repeated viewings for me to mine all of the meaning out of it, I'm certain that I've only scratched the surface. Also, the photography and use of locations is truly stunning.
I don't fucking get it. Tarkovsky is entirely too hit or miss for me. He seems to make movies not to entertain, but as art or some shit. Not only that, but the movie doesn't make sense. Read the wiki synopsis, and you'll be confused. Read Roadside Picnic and you'll be confused. It's like a script written by a five year old. I don't want to watch a film of still photographs for two and a half hours. I'm convinced people rate this high BECAUSE it's Tarkovsky and they feel they have to.
Strangely alluring, but maybe that is because of the premise. The actual execution was disappointing IMO. I don't mind that it's long, but more that it doesn't do as much with that runtime as I expected. Like Solaris, Stalker has some philosophical babble that I don't really much care for, but Stalker has heavy religious undertones. I probably shouldn't have been laughing at the ending.
Tarkovsky in complete control of his cinema. If you can tolerate 2 hours and 40 minutes of the human condition, as told by three Beckettian lost souls trying to find meaning by escaping (even temporarily) a tedious, nuclear-paranoid world, you will be richly rewarded.