Emil Woerner’s review published on Letterboxd:
In honor of Tarkovsky's birthday, I decided to revisit this film, making it my second viewing.
Upon rewatch, there was never a dull moment. The entire film is an intensive character study on three perspectives in a hunt for a paradise:
- The Writer: a man filled with want to be inspired in hopes of alleviating some of the pain of others in this bland world.
- The Professor: a man with the simple hope of understanding the Zone more fully, hopefully to shed his knowledge.
- The Stalker: a tour guide; the only man who can get these two to the room.
At the heart of every film, every surreal masterpiece, are the characters. As many films choose to shy away or simplify the roles of this component in hopes of elevating the bizarrities of the world, Stalker wishes to focus very closely on these three, with the Zone as a huge backdrop.
This script is incredible. The acting is way ahead of its time. The sets are beautiful and the finale is still haunting. I wouldn't change a thing, and I'm so happy this piece of high art science fiction exists.