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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Visually striking, was not expecting the relatively plotless structure over the first half of the film. Would like to see again.
Ummmmmmmmm I didn't even understand Tommy Coopers magic trick that was showing on the TV.
So basically what's under the skin of ScarJo is a scrawnier coal black kinda sorta alien-type creature version of ScarJo.
Though I am in love with the main score that makes an appearance in the background of any scene in which Miss nameless Johansson alien is doing something sly and sinister -- generally that activity is something luring-men-to-their-deaths related -- I really must ask: why is this film so worth raving about to like 75% of viewers? The style of directing is silent and painfully slow. I think it's aiming for a "make the viewer think" kind of angle, but all it really does is leave me to stare at a shot of some light shining through a black shape…
Scarlett's own ENEMY. Mind-numbing.
A very immersive experience that affects you more after the fact than you'd realize. Be warned: this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Very disturbing (not in a horror-way, more psychological) yet speaks truth about an aspect of the living condition. It leaves us wondering: what exactly makes us uniquely human?
As expected many mixed opinions as people struggled to get their heads around what was going on. The audience score came out quite low at 46% and Vaughan tries to get to the bottom of what it may be about in his review (spoilers).
The perfect excuse to show huge amounts of nakedness, including erect penises and a set of famous boobs. I dozed off a few times throughout, woke up, and found that nothing had happened. In the end, something did happen, but I did not care. I was just so glad it was over. At least the short naps I got while watching this were good.
Tja es gibt sicher viel über den Film zu sagen, zu seiner Symbolik, der nackten Scarlett, der Dialogarmut, seinem teilweise dokumentarischen Stil und wahrscheinlich noch zu so viel mehr....aber nicht von mir.
Let's get the elephant in the room sorted first. Yes this film has Scarlett Johansson completely nude multiple times. Great let's move on.
"Under the Skin", set in Scotland, follows Johansson as an unnamed character combing parts of Scotland, primarily Glasgow, for male victims. The first hint we're given that something unusual is going on, is the method by which the men are disposed of. Yet, it's up to the viewer to pick apart the scenes and make sense of what's going on as the film is incredibly sparse on dialogue.
As the film moves on it's slow build, Johansson seems to suspect in herself that while she has one job to do and that it almost seems to be…
- 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