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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…
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.
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…
This review may contain 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…
Did I fully understand what I've just watched? Fuck no.
Did I like it? Kind of, yes..
I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi, so this movie being so different really captivated me and I can't explain it. And as an alien movie, it is SOOO good. Seeing "her" try out human experiences was what I liked the best!
I still didn't understand some of it but honestly I don't mind.. Maybe on a second watch I'll get it..
It gets under your skin and stays there. I can still picture the most disturbing stuff from this film as clear as day.
It's quite hard for me to describe Under The Skin as the entire film is a visual masterpiece, with vague, improvised dialogue and little solid science or definitions behind it. It is, however, one of the best films I have seen in a while. This said, it is definitely not for everyone and I know personally of people who hated every minute of it. If you appreciate hypnotic, visually-driven and underlyingly terrifying horror/sci-fi (like me!), this is for you.
Scarlett Johansson is incredible as a seductive alien in human disguise, attempting to harvest men in the streets of Glasgow. Now, I may be biased as Glasgow is my home city, but it was a strange and wonderful experience for me…
i think this went over my head. visually interesting but nothing drew me in.
I just really love this website. I love getting to learn about other people through the movies, and I love seeing how their experiences shape their responses to movies.
I know that writing real movie criticism takes actual hard work--it's not just forming an opinion and writing it down--and social media discourages that practice. But at the same time, there's really no better way to see how huge the world of cinema really is. The critic who is a trans woman brings knowledge and emotional responses to this film that I can not possess, just as the critic who lives in Scotland has knowledge and emotional responses unfamiliar to me, as does the critic who loves 80s horror movies, the critic who is a scholar on Kubrick, the critic who hates pornography, the critic who wishes ScarJo would go back to making superhero movies, etc.
And yet...this medium bridges that emotional and experiential gap for us all.
There is this fine line as an arthouse movie between being just pretentious and actually having a meaning lying beneath the surface of an artistic style, that truly goes by with pretty much every other aspect of the film, forming an unique experience that is not just different for the sake of being so - 'Under the Skin' certainly should be considered as the latter!
Scar jo what else is there to say
Film niezwykle klimatyczny, świetne zdjęcia, muzyka i przyjemny minimalizm, który nie przeradza się (jak to często bywa) w pretensjonalność. Gra Scarlett daje radę. Realistyczne zachowania napotykanych przez bohaterkę ludzi, dają poczucie przyziemności, które ładnie kontrastuje z ogólną atmosferą enigmatyczności tego nietypowego obrazu.
Niestety film ponosi lekką porażkę, nie przekuwając obranego sposobu narracji na zbyt dużą ilość faktycznej treści. Motywy, które da się wychwycić w trakcie seansu, jak powierzchowność interakcji międzyludzkich, obserwacja ludzi przez istotę poznającą ich bez bagażu ziemskiej kultury, rozterki psychiczne tej istoty pod wpływem obserwacji itd. są pokazane bez wystarczającego polotu, bez przytupu czy jakiejś puenty, aby oceniać ten film jakoś bardzo wysoko. Trochę zmarnowany potencjał, ale mimo wszystko to ciekawa pozycja sci-fi.
some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations