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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…
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.…
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…
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…
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.
The idea of the movie is really, really amazing... basically is the story of David Thewlis's characther: Johnny, wich he appear naked in all the movie, not literally of course, but in a way where his thoughts appear naked, he says whatever he thinks, and whatever he wants, and we start to realise, that Johnny is a really confuse and complexe characther...
Mike Leigh directed the movie perfectly, because it's directed on a really raw way, and that's what the movie needed... This is not the typical happy ending Hollywood movie, this is a "realistic/pessimist" look about humanity and society.
I'm not going to spoil anything but there is a part when Johnny is talking with a night guard... I…
"Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty."
Grumbly depressing and moody and altogether Mike Leigh's best by a long ruler. Naked is one of the best films and in this guy's opinion the best British film.
Nope. Just is. And I've watched Don't Look Now, believe me. It's just that Naked should means a heck of a lot to everyone, and by gosh! it's underrated. Perhaps not.
On Letterboxd thank goodness it's not underrated, makes me believe in cinema again.
It's hard to describe Naked, I could maybe give a simile...
Naked is like trying to pull your woolly jumper over your face when it's raining, sure it briefly shields you - but by god you'll be soaked in the end and worst still you've found…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Here's Johnny" αλλά αλλιώς.
- 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: 165/743