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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 couldn't be more apt a title. Each character is stripped down to their core, sheerly acting out of impulse, and unable to hide behind any realm of theatrics. Urges come to their externally once simply well-posed selves and consume them, but not out of a blatant choice, more so just a dwindling down respect for conformity. Beings mope around the streets East London, unafraid to vent because Thatcher's era has ended and the aftermath is an individually segregated bustle. There Mike Leigh sets Johnny to his bleak Salinger-esque odyssey into the peeled-back essence of brokenness.
The nakedness isn't limited to strictly the people. Leigh seems to take everything down to an encapsulation to bareness; the walls inside the seedy…
It's difficult to figure out where to begin with Naked as there's so much to be unpacked within each of its chapters. To strip it down to the basics, the film is about an everyday philosopher named Johnny who both questions and embodies life's endless hardships. A whiskered and skinny David Thewlis plays this deep-thinker whose bad life choices are etched onto his scruffy, unwashed face. He's a thoroughly beaten down individual and a vagrant but his lack of definitive back-story makes him all the more enigmatic.
Mike Leigh's films have a kind of anti-realism to them. They're so ripped around the edges and grimy that they transcend the worst lifestyle you can possibly comprehend. This sounds like the most…
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…
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…
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.
I don't consider it mandatory that a movie feature a likable protagonist for it to appeal to me. It doesn't hurt, naturally; but sometimes a brilliant performance is enough to transform a real creep into serviceable anti-hero. There's no questioning that David Thewlis delivers a remarkable performance as the nihilistic Johnny in Mike Leigh's acclaimed character study Naked. It's the role of a lifetime and he plays it perfectly, winning Best Actor at Cannes in addition to a few other accolades. But Johnny is so deeply repellent, and Thewlis so committed to the part, that it's a severely unpleasant experience to watch him wallow in Leigh's stew of filth for 126 minutes.
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At the hands of David Thewlis' lead character Johnny, we are taken through some bleak fairytale world containing, instead of princesses and princes, psychopaths and troubled working class people. That almost makes Naked sound less bleak than it really is, but trust me, it's not. A film that starts with a rape somehow manages to transcend the level of depravity set out with that opening, and show a stripped down version of society that reveals a mosaic of a nation after being under Thatcher rule.
It could just be a coincidence that the most slimey on this conveyor bell of oddballs is a landlord, whose obsession with dominance is perhaps making a comment on the society at this moment, since…
A great masterpiece and one of Leigh's best films.
Realmente, al ser mi primera película vista del director Mike Leigh, tengo que aclarar que mis comentarios puedan resultar un poco New-fags en respecto a la filmografía de este. Pero lo que tambien quiero decir es que me parecio un buen comienzo para la filmografía de él.
Las actuaciones me parecieron muy buenas de parte de casi todo el elenco, son realistas y unicas como los personajes en si. Y lo bueno de estos personajes es su falta de humanidad, cada uno viene de un mundo diferente y ninguno se siente claramente humano. En especial los hombres. Los hombres en esta pelicula demuestran todos la falta de sensibilidad y de solo un unico proposito, cojer. Las mujeres son las mas…
If ever I've seen an angry film, it is this intellectual and unforgettable work.
Disturbing, unpleasant and often hard to watch ---it is even more hard to forget.
David Thewlis' finest hour as a film actor. And an unforgettable epic of identity. Mike Leigh's darkest film is amazing.
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We are vulnerable.This is a film about that.
Mike Leigh and David Thewlis create an entrancing character study that can be discussed and deconstructed for ages. Naked is the most fitting title to a film that enters itself around the thought process of the human spirit. What is it we want for ourselves? What is it we need to offer to others? Thewlis' Johnny is a wandering man in search of an escape, attempting to find somewhere to settle. But is it all really that easy?
We are first introduced to Johnny as a rapist. What comes next are various encounters with people in search of their own specific needs. However, what differs these people from Johnny is that they…
I saw this once when I was little on tv late at night and it left a profound effect on my young psyche and I hadn't revisited it since because I knew it would be so dark but Jesus, it's even scarier than I remember. It takes a damn talented group of folks to create a character as deeply flawed and sick as Johnny and to make him completely sympathetic. Completely isolated both in its tone and Leigh's filmography, Naked ends up being one of the most unrelentingly unpleasant films I've ever seen. Leigh doesn't make happy movies but none of them are as downright nasty as this. It might as well be a horror film with the way it is shot and written.
Trainspotting with all the fun and laughs cut out of it, leaving behind a painful but honest portrait of London's underbelly, where the lot of the them are dragging their feet through life in a state of ennui, seeking any kind of sensual interaction to remind them that they're still alive.
Thewlis's character Johnny won't stand up for all this listlessness and goes on a midnight trek Holden-Caulfield-style. What he finds is that nobody, not even himself, is worth saving.
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