The final gag here is beautifully surreal and kind of redeems a lot of what precedes it, which is mostly a weird relationship comedy with Laurel and Hardy's wives freaking out over the fact that their husbands have an unmarried woman in the house, and the unmarried woman freaking out and trying to blackmail the men into taking further care of her. Not a great story this far into the 21st century, in other words, and it was also jarring…
So enthusiastic and full of life, despite the distance in time and space, it feels....remarkably voyeuristic despite the fact I'm watching a snapshot of the 19th century from the 21st. And they're so enthusiastic and playful and clearly into each other, that, even if this wasn't historically significant, one could learn a thing or two from watching it on repeat.
It's sort of tricky to know what to say after this one--on the one hand, I'm pretty sure a lot of other people are articulating things better in their reviews, and on the other hand, I'm still recuperating from the experience of this one. That said, I feel like I should write something, so a few points:
+I was worried about seeing it in 3D, but the film's color palate is bright enough that it didn't feel like I lost…
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Some thoughts about Under the Skin:
1) It feels like the key scene is the baby on the beach. The more that I think about it in fact, the entire movie is babies on beaches.
2) There's a horrible sort of irony in the film's narrative, elliptical though it is--alien disguises self as Scarlett Johansson to seduce, trap, and destroy men through their sex drives, alien ends up trapped and destroyed, alone in the woods because all the men it…