This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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…
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.…
David Thewlis is a force of fucking nature here. He is totally naked (never literally) and brutally unvarnished. Mike Leigh's visual hand is steady, observational eye sharp.
Some of the tone and other characters (the extra weirdo Patrick Batemen wannabe, for one) left me scratching my head a bit, though. Need to have this sink in some, swirl around my head, see if it sticks.
But, Thewlis, man, whoa. "Naked" is sort of the Five Easy Pieces for the 90's England, but more raw.
Love everything about this movie.
Luego de la reciente noticia del Brexit que ha dado la vuelta al mundo anunciando la salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea me he decidido a buscar el filme más "británico" que pudiese encontrar en mi lista de películas por ver, el resultado: Naked.
Mike Leigh dirige una de las películas que mejor refleja la sociedad 'underground' del Reino Unido. Filmada en la grisácea y lluviosa ciudad de Londres toma como referencia a Johnny, increíblemente interpretado por David Thewlis (conocido por muchos como el profesor Lupin en Harry Potter), un ciudadano inglés completamente desaliñado, de a ratos nihilista y misogino, un intelectual que devora libros pero que no puede contener una postura sobria sobre su vida y su alrededor. Es una película violenta que retrata el infierno de una Inglaterra dividida por clases sociales, con diálogos filosóficos, existenciales y con alto contenido religioso. Te gustará o la odiarás pero jamás te hará sentir indiferente.
Naked was the first Mike Leigh movie I ever saw and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I'd never seen something so kitchen-sink be so stylised, heightened and doom-laden.
David Thewlis' performance is one of the greatest ever committed to film. Has there ever been a character like Johnny before or since? I think not. He is at once charming and despicable, disgusting and fascinating. The dialogue linguistics alone are almost hypnotic. Not only is it impossible to take your eyes off of him, but you'll have his voice rattling around in your brain for days on end. It's one of those performances that just sinks into your bones and carves its name there for all time. The…
"Was I bored? No, I wasn't fuckin' bored. I'm never bored. That's the trouble with everybody - you're all so bored. You've had nature explained to you and you're bored with it, you've had the living body explained to you and you're bored with it, you've had the universe explained to you and you're bored with it, so now you want cheap thrills and, like, plenty of them, and it doesn't matter how tawdry or vacuous they are as long as it's new as long as it's new as long as it flashes and fuckin' bleeps in forty fuckin' different colors. So whatever else you can say about me, I'm not fuckin' bored."
I didn't really understand the point of this film but I bloody loved it
David Thewlis is 10/10 hot + 10/10 performance
Naked was probably the movie that formally launched Mike Leigh to the ranks of the internationally renowned filmmakers and likely remains among his most famous works. The film is not terribly overburdened with plot and instead serves largely as a deep character study of a rather fascinating creation played by David Thewlis. Thewlis’ character is a deeply misanthropic person who is extremely smart, almost to the point where he views everyone else as ants and life in general as meaningless and in turn becomes rather self-destructive. The portrait of this one person is more than interesting enough to justify the film’s existence but I do think it is held back by a couple less interesting side characters, particularly the landlord character played by Greg Cruttwell who seemed like this rather exaggerated rich asshole. Dude was like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho but played straight rather than with postmodern irony.
Tough to watch. It seems to me to have all the necessary features to be a cult classic. So for cult film fans, don't miss this one. You'll be helplessly fixated.
full length review coming soon*
Currently struggling deeply to find the words to express how much this might overthrow Python & The Holy Grail as my favorite film.
Thematically, it speaks to me like no other. Much like the character of Johnny.
Also, darkly funny in parts.
Never thought I'd say that.
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