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…
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…
Oh the awkwardness that ensues when your mom walks in the room when David Thewlis is raping someone on screen.
Okay...so... that was one of the most harrowing film experiences of my life. Right up there with Irreversible and Tyrannosaur. I can't say that I enjoyed this film, but I definitely recognize why people love it so much. The philosophies touched upon and the way in which Johnny speaks make the film feel like it's transcending reality into some other realm. I don't think this film can be classified by the descriptors we've all used in the past to put a film in context with its peers. This one seems to stand alone in my mind as the only film I've seen that seems to be about the entirety of human nature even though it's just focused on one guy. It's fascinating, so I'll revisit it again sometime soon.
This is not a film I can instantly form an opinion on. I'll have to wait until second viewing.
I give this one a shout out in my Atlantic piece on improvised dialogue, which you can read here.
An amazing and honest portrait of urban decay. I found the incredibly grim style of this film very intriguing. Furthermore the score is very fitting, the acting is sublime and the dialogue is very witty at times. This film even made me chuckle once in a while, which is a great feat for a film with such depressing themes. A very good film indeed.
I'd forgotten how marvelous Thewlis's monologues were. But this movie is awfully dark, and the misogyny is painful.
A scathing, searing howl of a film; a primal scream into the abyss as it implacably stares back into you; Naked is a bleak, if grimly funny examination of England in the early ‘90s viewed through the skewed prism of Johnny (David Thewlis) and presented with surgical skill by Mike Leigh.
Johnny is deliberately introduced to us in the most repellent way possible, committing a violent sexual assault on a woman and then fleeing as she yells that she will get her brothers to kill him. As entrances go, it’s hardly Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia. Johnny is as anti-heroic as it’s possible to be. A spindly, unkempt streak of belligerent Mancunian piss, all bile and bitterness, he steals…
I enjoyed this film in the present. Or was it the past? The future?
An utterly grueling drama that doubles as a tour of the London underworld, NAKED stars a riveting David Thewlis as Johnny, one of the most difficult and unlikeable protagonists in cinematic history (and yet you can't take your eyes off of him).
Johnny, having just sexually assaulted a neighbor, flees Manchester fearing a coming beatdown. He heads to London and hides out with an ex-girlfriend for a while, but for the majority of the running time simply roams the London slums, encountering various other bottom-dwellers. There is no plot really, just a succession of scenes and vignettes that convey the messiness of life, especially a life as disordered and chaotic as Johnny's.
The acting is phenomenal, especially Thewlis (who manages…
Watched as part of The Merry Watchlist Go Round: boxd.it/862E
I've only seen one other Mike Leigh film, Another Year, and it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen, so I have to admit I was a little nervous about watching Naked, worried it would be more of the same.
Fortunately it is not. This movie is bonkers, but a good kind of bonkers. It can be confusing and even irritating at times, but there is something oddly fascinating about watching the vagabond Johnny going from place to place and meeting odd characters; befriending some and infuriating others. To me there is almost something inherently English about being a complete dick to someone, but doing it in an…
I loved this film when I was a kid. However, on re-watching it, I see it's just a load of jumbled teenage angst and a fucking mess of a film.