Buckb’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's nearly 4 a.m. and my brain is melted.
My first Tarkovsky film was Mirror, which I watched a few months ago. And that viewing experience was akin to taking a test you didn't study for. It knocked me down and left me cold and confused.
Stalker was a much different watch. It's every bit as metaphysical and philosophical, but the themes are at least tied to a narrative that has some semblance of plot, making the whole thing a little easier to digest. I almost didn't give the film a star rating because of how little I understand it, but the fact that I can't wait to read interpretations and develop my own, signifies that the film deserves it's place in history.
What isn't up for interpretation is how beautiful Stalker is. I mean my God, every single composition looks like a painting. And the camera moves so effortlessly from wide shots to close ups, I found myself rewinding just to make sure that I didn't miss a cut. Lastly, that score is incredible. Can't wait to rewatch.