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.
How do you even rate a film when you sort of loved almost everything about it yet have no concrete opinion on 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 drives through the…
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…
Having a body sure is uncomfortable.
Initially I stopped it in the middle because I thought it was shit. Giving it a second chance appears to have proven my original point to be true.
Maybe I'm being overly generous with my rating but I liked the uniqueness of the movie. It's actually a pretty typical alien assimilation film a la Starman but Glazer doesn't hit you over the head with typical plot markers. In fact there is very little dialogue in the entire movie. I thought it was creepy and a little touching.
I am sure its images will haunt me and linger for quite some time.
What a courageous film for Scarlett Johansson to be involved with.
This was not the film I was expecting from the director of a terrific genre movie, Sexy Beast.
Glazer was a prolific director of strong, visually striking music videos and shorts. This film feels like a logical extension of that body of work.
Exciting to see that an experimental film can be seen and enjoyed by so many people.
I will definitely want to watch this again.
Five stars - for its boldness, originality, and visual beauty, and for Scarlett Johansson's performance.
I don't "like" this movie, but I am so happy I could see it on a big screen. I am sure repeat viewings will yield more of the secrets held in this film.
I enjoyed how little explanation there was, but had a hard time connecting to it.
For a film that was like a cross between Hitchcock & Twin Peaks (both of which I love), I could not have hated it more. It was almost painful how hard it was trying to be cool and arty and meaningful.
Someone give me those hours of my life back.
Now I'm away to ritually dispose of the remains of the blu-ray so that it definitely doesn't come back.
Finally saw this. I hate not writing a review but what new do I possibly have to add? It was worth the wait and surprisingly not disappointing. I even think the Kubrick claims in the press aren't entirely unwarranted for Glazer, he has a point of view and executes it beautifully.
Under the Skin seems to have audiences torn. A lot of people seem to love it, yet it currently has a 6.3/10 rating on IMDB. I myself liked it, but didn't love it. It is a very weird film to say the least and one that isn't straight forward at all. It's not exactly a film that is easy to follow. I did feel some parts dragged on a bit, but the cinematography was absolutely stunning and the score was cleverly unsettling. Scarlett Johansson does a great job in her role and overall despite its strangeness, I enjoyed Under the Skin. 7/10
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
- 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).