Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Under the Skin
A mysterious seductress preys upon the population of Scotland
Jonathan Glazer's atmospheric, visually arresting abstraction stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien who prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell, only to be consumed by a strange liquid pool.
I don't get it.
I don't get it.
At least give it a rating.
But I don't get it.
Was it good?
Would you recommend it?
I don't know.
How does that work?
I don't know.
Just give it 2 1/2 or something.
Because it's good.
Then what's the issue?
I don't know.
For fuck's sake.
I don't understand it. It confused me.
Just your plebian mind.
You know this whole review is entirely self-indulgent, right?
So why are we doing it?
Only thing we could think of.
Also we're attention whores who like likes.
It is rare for me to finish a film and be unable to form any real opinion on it. Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, loosely based on Michel Faber’s novel of the same name, is a film that deliberately defies easy understanding. It is a befuddling, enigmatic and contradictory work that demands total engagement from its audience as it avoids all the trappings of a conventional movie. Yet after I left the theatre, both impressed and disappointed, I have been unable to shake the film from my thoughts.
It is a film of surprising contrasts - it is simultaneously mesmerising yet tedious, surreal yet mundane, erotic yet sterile. It is this internal conflict that makes the film so difficult to…
ScarJo cruisin' the hills of Scotland and channeling her inner Natasha Henstridge in Jonathan Glazer's incredibly unique one-of-a-kind viewing experience. Motorcycle zoom zoom. ScarJo naked? Hooker high heels. Ants. The way ScarJo looks in her jeans. Red lipstick makes you more fuckable. Minivan cruisin'. Disorganized directions. You should always buckle up for safety. Lonely guy. Chatty chap. Seductive strip. Disappearing wang. Ocean waves. Wetsuit chum. Lifesaver. ScarJo's jacket. Getting hit in the head with a rock fuckin' hurts. Crying baby. Clubbin' for some lovin'. Leprechaun sounding gent. Sexy backwards walk. Weird as fuck faces. Sideways cock. Fade to what the fuckin' fuck fuck fuckin'? Red rose. ScarJo's eyes. Smart dude. Face first fall. Attack the Block rejects. Hoodie man is…
Somewhere between arty experiment, naturalistic travelogue, morass of allegories, and fetishistic genre bender sits Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Alternately mesmerizing and repellant, rewarding and dull, the film requires patience and open mind. As an experience, it may crash with a resounding thud or soar with scintillating qualities.
As polarizing as it may be, Glazer's film is audacious piece of work. A methodical portrait of some otherworldy thing experiencing life and humanity in Scotland, the film is light on dialogue and, refreshingly for a narrative film, light on exposition. Glazer gives his audience a character to observe as it, in the guise of very bold and controlled Scarlett Johansson, interacts with denizens of Earth. It wanders, watches, seduces, befriends, destroys,…
What a beautiful and touching film! Scarlett Johansson is truly outstanding and it’s great to see her doing more alternative roles again. I wasn’t familiar with Jonathan Glazer’s work but I was instantly captivated by the story, the extravagant visuals and haunting score. Under the Skin is not only a very compelling drama that examines an emotionless alien who gradually starts to perceive how it feels to be human, but it’s also a highly original sci-fi flick. In addition, there were a couple of disturbing moments and one in particular which actually made me gasp in shock. Following this outcast who slowly grows some kind of empathy towards the human race and seeing her interactions with all the different types of individuals that cross her path made for a truly intriguing journey. Under the Skin is one of the most fascinating films I’ve seen and I just can’t wait to experience it again.
I didn't know what I was watching at first but then I couldn't look away. Terrifically strange and slightly uncomfortable. The music is jarring and really sets the atmosphere. There isn't a ton of dialogue but you hardly notice. I couldn't stop thinking about it.
Still up top together with IDA for this year, but things might change after the Leiden International Film Festival in two weeks...
Maybe I didn't understand this movie, I really don't know. However, for me this one was completely fool film! The story was something crazy, the synopses is more bizarre, the end was ...
I like this kind of movie, I saw many others (specially french films) but here is completely out of my mind. I read some notes about this movie, some information about the script and so on, but not yet for me. In some years, perhaps, I'll watch Under the Skin again, and, I hope, with more knowledge I'll understand some thing more. But not now.
Under the Skin is one of those films that I can tell is going to grow on me over the years and will demand a revisit one of these days. Under the Skin is haunting and spectacularly shocking at times, with some of the greatest imagery I've seen in quite awhile. My biggest problem is I think the message it's going for might be a bit muddled, yet this is absolutely a film for the viewer to make their own interpretation. I really liked it, but this one is going to have to settle for a little bit longer for me.
I didn't know what to think of this movie when I came out of the cinema but after giving it a few days to sink in (and listening to the amazing, haunting, creepy soundtrack), Ive settled on a 4. The scenes when Scarlett is luring in her victims, so dreamy, so captivating, so.. WTF I love it.
This guy might be the next Stanley Kubrick. Visually this movie was amazing but I'm still not entirely sure what I just watched. Whatever it was it was pretty damn cool. Maybe I'll actually have something intelligent to say about this after a rewatch.
boring + naked Scarlett = still boring
So let me start by saying the visuals in this film are absolutely amazing. Everything (especially the beginning) was amazingly shot. Scarlett Johansson did an amazing job as well and this seems to be one of her strongest performances. The movie was so disturbing, but it was a little slow at times. I'm not sure if it is ever going to make my top 50 list, but I can't deny that it was well done.
Still brilliant on a second watch, perhaps even more so. What reverberated even louder this time was how cynical UNDER THE SKIN felt. Humans are droll across the board, with variants appearing in the form of vapidity or savage cruelty. Never has there been a film that renders homo sapiens so profusely animalistic. They are uninteresting, brutish, and much to the chagrin of the enigmatic motorbiker - eminent everywhere. It's a compelling and horrifying perspective view on the world that we literally inhabit: a work that ultimately makes us question our own conception and value.
The relatively early scene on the beach with the deathly crashing waves and screaming child stood out more to me. It's still a daze-y, almost…
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- The Cremaster Cycle
- Sweet Movie
- The Holy Mountain
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps