Stoker unfortunately falters in terms of story. I actually wish I hadn't seen the preview before going into the movie, because the movie generally feels like an elongated version of the movie trailer. Park usually has a hand in the screenplay and story of the movie, but perhaps because this is his English debut, this time the writing was left to Wentworth Miller in his own writing debut (in case the name sounds familiar, you may more readily recognize him from the title role of hit tv series Prison Break).
Mia Wasikowska plays India Stoker, a girl on the cusp of maturity on many different levels. Her father has just died in a horrible accident, precluding the appearance of a mysterious uncle whom she's never heard of before. His arrival tips the domino of events that were hovering over the edge.
The movie goes beyond the literary coming of age for India. The claustrophobic winding staircases, the saddle shoes that symbolize her childhood innocence, the playground motif, as well as the recurring image of the spider with its dual role of ensnaring and being trapped all intensify the movie without overdoing it.
The movie is evocative of both Hitchcock and Lynch. The sound editing and cinematography are pretty stunning.
Don't see this movie for the story. See it for the style.