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…
After walking out of the cinema having just finished watching Under the Skin I simply could not process my thoughts coherently. And to be honest my perspective after watching a film has NEVER changed so much and I am rarely affected so much by anything let alone 108 minutes of something this purposely abrasive.
I felt a lot during the film; intriguing awe, bizarre feelings of nakedness and a decidedly morbid curiosity. The film is very slow and in being so even during the screening flocks of people walked out without returning. Maybe there's a particular focus required, but either way it doesn't matter: this is a masterpiece in my eyes and take it from me if you dare; but…
Es más interesante que buena y esto se pude tomar de diferentes formas.
Some bits were great, some bits were a bit too ~supernatural~ for me. Mostly it was just pretty odd, but not in a bad way.
Weird movie. The concept was cool, the cinematography, music, atmosphere etc. was solid, but still I am unsure about this movie. It took me two sittings to get though.
That being said, this movie stuck with me. It's strange in the way a Kubrick film is hard to watch ... I would recommend it for the experience, but would be hesitant to watch it again.
I heard much praise for the film but expected a pure art-house experience. That's exactly what it is but that's what's wonderful about it. Often those who "don't get it" pass off such films as "pretentious." I don't believe that to be the case here. This film is not about answers. It is an observation of humanity by someone encountering it for the very first time. And how they are ultimately affected by it.
Visually stunning and an excellent, fitting score. The pace is deliberately slow but never feels uninteresting or as if its dragging at any point. "Concise" would probably be the best word I could use to describe it. Few words but just the right amount of information is always there, even at its most abstract. The joy is being allowed to piece it together for yourself.
This is one of those films with so many passionate defenders who are going to insist that if you didn’t like it, you didn’t “get” it. I’ve been on the other side of that argument on more than one occasion and I understand what it feels like, but that just isn’t what’s happening here for me. And I’m not simply bothered by the film’s ponderous pace and repetition, either.
The film has very little dialogue, no story, and tries to convey everything through imagery. You can do that with shorter films, and maybe you could even do it with a more focused longer film. (Many will cite 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of this working, and I’m going to tempt fate by informing you that it actually doesn’t work for me there, either.) I admire the filmmakers (and Johansson!) for being ambitious, but it just doesn’t save this thing.
Felt a lot more disturbing the second time around..
Anyone else think of the Outer Limits when they saw this?
Honestly, I'm not even going to try to explain this film because you're better off experiencing it yourself. Director Jonathan Glazer is an unknown for me, but he's left a lasting impression with his magic behind the camera. I might even check out the book that this is loosely based on. This isn't for everyone and even I watched it twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
Its nice to see Scarlett Johansson play a role outside of the MCU once in a while. Did I watch this just to see her naked? No not really. The trailer looked like something that would scramble my brain and I…
This is hard to review. I like the style. I like the ideas. It's a bit on the slow side and you'll have no idea what's going on at first and even through the ending a bit. Scarlett Johanson does do some great work with very little actual dialogue in this. Definitely one you have to sit and watch for a lot of subtle moments.
- 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
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Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).