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Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.
How to review your favourite film, or even worse, how to review your favourite film when that film is Mike Leigh's Naked?
Naked starts of rough and only gets bleeker. But that's only a small part of what makes this a masterpiece.
First and foremost Naked is abouth David Thewlis' character Johnny, unenmployed both by choice and by circumstance, who personifies the ugly side most commonly shoved under the carpet in favour of the success stories. Yes, we're talking post-Thatcher Britain, but as far as I can tell there's many similairities to present time, and the world Leigh shows us is not limited to a certain era. But it might be limited to big cities.
Johnny is a man who…
Naked is the perfect specimen of a film where the sum equals the parts. That may sound easy to do, but I've never seen a film do it better than this one does. When I say that, I don't mean that it's exactly as good as the camera work, the script, the acting, directing and so forth lead to. I mean that every aspect of this film perfectly reflects the character and the world he sees.
The camera work is fairly straightforward and stays pretty much out of the way. It's involved enough to create the sense of motion in the dialogue or pacing of the mind of the character but without ever being distracting. Thewlis, for his part, plays…
Officially in my 'Dammit Shawn, why did you wait so long to watch this' category.
David Thewlis acts the shit out of the leading role and rockets his character Johnny into consideration for one of my all time favorite characters in the history of cinema. That's not saying he's likeable...he's absolutely anything but likeable; but my God is he fascinating. What I wouldn't give to see a couple more hours of him simply walking around empty streets at night and striking up conversations with random people.
This really is a dialogue film at it's heart. Much of the plot seems secondary, but when the dialogue is so bursting with wit and intelligence; there's not much else you need.
Years ago, the first time I saw this, I watched it dozens and dozens of times in a row because I loved it so much. It took me awhile to get over my little Naked addiction. I take that back, not an addiction, but It's an obsession I'll admit.
I think that obsession has returned but can you blame me?
Ok you can blame me, but whether it's the first time or the the 100th time (it's probably the 666th time I've seen this, just a guess) I've always loved this film. I love the philosophy within the rich dialogue. I love how no matter how many times I see this, I still get lost in the dialogue. Always manages…
Mike Leigh peels back the glossy veneer of London, magnifying the rips in the wallpaper, the cracks in the wall, the chipped hole patterns dotted across the concrete. Modern life in a Tory led Britain is shown as a society stripped naked of its value, where its underbelly scrapes a living from the floor and the head sneers down at its working body through its amoral snout.
The only conscience we are given is through a broken tap, pouring out a rapid stream of thought from the mouth of a sewer rat, a wandering Mancunian motormouth prophet. His disruptive intelligence is as misapplied as it is misunderstood, an idealist unwilling to compromise with the degeneration of the world around him.…
Relentless and absolutely unforgettable, powered by searing raw power and pessimistic intelligence. Mike Leigh literally scrounges the sewers in a bleak exploration of lost souls desperately seeking and ultimately failing to find something in their futile existences. I disagreed with many of the borderline nihilistic ideas floating throughout this uncompromising experience, but never did I want to stop listening. Leigh's simplistic direction acts as a vehicle for existential examinations and deft character studies. His distinctive improvisational style is at full effect here -with Andrew Dickson's evocative score ever-present - the entire film runs like each event and character is unraveling and crumbling right before our eyes.
This is one of the first films that has actually inspired me to get…
What an absolute gem of a film. It was one of those rare cinematic experiences that has left me in a completely intellectually and existential daze. It is anchored by an incredible performance from David Thewlis as the sharp witted yet troubled protagonist Johnny. This film totally wouldn't have worked if they had gotten a lesser actor.
It's a fucking masterpiece. 5/5
Leigh's best. Bring back bleak UK cinema!!!
Here is a pro tip, do not watch this at 3 am when you can not sleep. Although maybe that is the best way to watch this film?
"I used to be a werewolf. But I'm alright nowoooooooooo."
I've got an infinite number of places to go, the problem is where to stay.
¿Cuál es la importancia de una historia cuando se tiene un guión de este calibre? Con esto no digo que Naked sufra de una carencia a la hora de contar una historia, pues, en realidad, no se necesita de una. Considerar que esta película posee uno de los mejores guiones de la historia no sería nada erróneo, la filosofía adoptada por Johnny es una elección formidable para su personaje que, por cierto, instantáneamente se convirtió en uno de mis personajes favoritos, no solo por su forma de ver las cosas (que en realidad no estoy totalmente de acuerdo), también por su humor negro. Su sinceridad…
Heart wrenching, depressing and achingly funny. David Thewlis' best work to date. A dark and beautiful masterpiece from the great Mike Leigh.
A 'Night Bus Journey" of a film.
I wish I loved this movie more but there is some truly stellar conversation scenes and fantastic acting from the lead, David Thewlis. It just left me kinda meh but I'd love to revisit it cause there is a lot to appreciate. Thewlis' long conversation in an empty office with a night guard is worth watching alone.
Wow. Just wow.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 165/748