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…
How do you even rate a film when you sort of loved almost everything about it yet in the end have no concrete idea of what it was all about? It's pretty rare in cinema to find yourself constantly struggling with your very own emotions, unsure of which side to settle with for whenever a step is taken in either direction, something from the opposite end of the spectrum keeps bringing you back in the middle.
Under the Skin is one film that provides such unique experience. It is a mystical blend of horror, sci-fi & mystery that's easily one of the most perplexing, challenging & polarising narratives to come out in years and tells the story of a mysterious woman who…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I love it when a straightforward story gets a unique treatment. Glazer's film is deliberately alienating, visually and aurally arresting and singularly engaging. I say the latter with no small amount of reserve as it asks a lot of its audience making it difficult to click with. But click with it I did.
Glazer opens with the birth of Johansson's character. In a beautiful visual sequence, we hear her find her voice followed by a rather disconcerting scene in which she clothes herself. Disconcerting because of the compete lack of empathy for the dead girl she is plucking her new wardrobe from. Against a sterile white background we see her clinically do what needs to be done. She gives the…
The arthouse version of Species.
It took me a while to get through this movie. I would watch a bit here and there. I finally finished it today and have to say this was a lot of work to watch. Very slow. Unfortunately, the payoff was not worth it. If you want to watch naked Scartlett Johanson while listening to some eerie music, this is the film for you.
Here's How I Imagine This Going Down:
Scarlett Johannson's Agent: "Did you read the script? You have, like, five lines."
Scarlett Johannson: "Yes, and it's more than five lines."
SJ's Agent: "You know what I mean. It's not much of a talkie. Plus, I think you have to smile about three times."
SJ: "But I like smiling."
SJ's Agent: "What I'm saying is, this is slam dunk money. Besides, it'll make you look appropriately in touch with your artistic side."
SJ: "I... I like artistic sides."
SJ's Agent: "And money!"
SJ's Agent: "Love ya, babe. I'll let them know tonight."
(Much later, after the premiere)
SJ's Agent: "Huh."
SJ's Agent: "Oh, I do love counting the number of zeros on my paychecks."
Haunting is probably the best term I can use to describe the visually arresting Under the Skin, the third feature from director Jonathan Glazer. Like Birth before it, Under the Skin's message may prove elusive to people, something of an enigma shrouded in a mystery. I'm not sure I fully understand it either, but I do think it's one hell of a film.
Scarlett Johansson gives perhaps the greatest performance of her career up to this point (or at the very least, her most complex performance) as a nameless woman (made clear to be an alien in the book, but never explicitly said in the film) who kills people in the midst of various sexual acts. The film seems to…
Ich hab's bereits mehrfach erwähnt: UNDER THE SKIN war einer meiner Lieblingsfilme des letzten Jahres. Am 13.7. gibt es einen Podcast zum Film...
The thing about Under the Skin is that I can see why other people would like this film, but quite frankly it just wasn't my cup of it. I didn't understand it nor did I get interested in it. The good things about it is that its nice to look at as well as Scarlett Johansson gives a very good and creepy performance. I honestly don't see myself watching this film again any time soon and I'm not even sure if I even recommend it. Its a very split film, some people like it, some people don't. I just happen to be in the section where they don't.
24% out of 100%
A mysterious woman (Scarlett Johansson) cruises the streets of Scotland picking up men who are alone. As we learn more about the fate of these men, it appears she is beginning to be affected by the people she is interacting with.
This is literate sci-fi in the vein of 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' and director Jonathan Glazer ('Sexy Beast') builds a hypnotic set of visuals through he films languid pace. This is no action blockbuster and it raises as many questions as it answers. Definitely a film for you and your friends to discuss after watching.
Her motives and the implications are left for the audience to deduce - a mysterious biker (assistant, keeper, owner?) adds to the…
As an adaptation of the novel, it is less than satisfying. As a visual companion, an atmospheric mood piece, a visually striking sensorial overload, and as a platform for Scarlett Johannson to put on an intriguing, masterful work of subtle acting, Under The Skin will leave your head spinning. Mica Levi's soundtrack is brilliant, too.
I love Scarlett Johansson so I was very disappointed in this movie.
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