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.
Seriously weird but in a good way. Will definitely reward after multiple viewings. Scarlett has never been better.
Weird, disturbing, and complex, this movie is one that you must watch from the first scene all the way to the last. The performances are convincing and the visuals and music are arresting, haunting, and beautiful.
There is a character that comments "This is a dream" at one point. And that's exactly how this movie is. It's like watching a dream play out. One you won't forget any time soon.
Last ten minutes.
I'm actually reviewing this film about 5 days after viewing, but to be honest, I still am not even sure what I watched. The film is everything and nothing. Deep and empty. Traditional and abstract. This is one of those film that you can't "recommend" or suggest otherwise. If you have an open mind, give it a try.
The first two third or so of the film are very "out there". At times, I couldn't really parse out if it was being abstract for the sake of being abstract or if there was something else to convey. But towards the end it becomes a little more traditional and standard, before reverting back to it's "weirdness" for the ending.
a few days after watching and it is still on my mind.
the atmosphere that this movie creates gave me the creeps, visually and audibly. I was watching this movie alone at night, and at one time I had to pause it and go to the bathroom. the house was pitch black and I felt so uneasy. after watching the movie I felt so uneasy.
it is a must watch for sure. at first I wanted to give it four stars, but the more I think about it the higher I want to rate it. I have it at 4.5 stars right now. the more I write the more I think I am just going to give it 5 stars, why not?
Astoundingly creepy and beautiful film, which I could not imagining someone watching and not saying "what?" at the end of.
An alien seductress flick starring one of Hollywood's hottest commodities has probably given most who will come to this film the wrong impression. This film takes the premise of Species and turns it into a surrealist allegory on body image. This is certainly not for everyone, but every move is deliberate and finely crafted.
One mild spoiler in here that doesn't really have any effect on anyone's enjoyment of this film.
The weird and trippy but oddly fascinating Under The Skin takes a basic science fiction premise - sexy looking alien seduces men and does something or other to them - and throws an artsy sauce onto it. It helps that Scarlett Johansson - I couldn't really imagine anyone else in the lead - looks the part and then some.
The nameless alien lands in Scotland of all places and begins casting her spell on the local male population sooner rather than later. She is aided by a cleanup crew of bikers - I saw a biker looking exactly like the one in here…
It is definitely well directed in its creepily still way, but it's utter humorless chill is not something I go for.
- 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