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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…
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…
Mike Leigh is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. Naked is a dark character study that's filled with existential questions that border on nihilism. Right from the opening scene you can tell this won't be a pleasant film once we get our first look at the main character Johnny. On paper he should be a despicable person but David Thewlis plays him brilliantly and makes him a fascinating character you're willing to follow.
dense, complex, brilliant
Naked and Confused
david byrne is so mean in this :(
What an utterly bizarre and hard piece to categorize. In itself it borders an almost schizophrenic demeanor. Naked is a fascinatingly grim film, dealing with intellectual and sexual frustration, as well as escapism and narcissism, it’s unlike anything I’ve really ever seen.
David Thewlis’ Johnny is a charged polarizing character. Even in the end, I’m not too sure how I feel about him. But character aside, Thewlis' portrayal is incredible. In moments it reminded me a little of Linklater's Slacker, moving from person to person it showcases several instances of philosophy, intellectualism, and other conversational catalysts. But it ends there, because with Leigh’s dark sarcastic tone, it is pretty damn depressing. It lacks optimism in all corners. As Johnny wanders…
Have you ever watched a film and half-way through you realize that this is one of the best you've ever seen? It has only happened to me a few times and Naked is one of them. It's a rare movie - watched at home no less - when I didn't fidget nor let my mind stray for a bit nor take a bathroom break, not once; a testament to Mike Leigh's superlative script, certainly one of the best I've ever read/heard. It's hard to process this movie so soon after viewing it and yet I must. There is so much going on here, so many interesting questions, so many tantalizing thoughts. The films core is churned by Johnny who is…
About everything I think of and everything I am.
Gets better every time
"Have you ever seen a dead body?"
"Only my own"
An important film. A unique character, script, and setting. Funny, depressing, and broken- in a good way. It's last shot is one of the best.
- 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: 152/733