Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Under the Skin (2013)

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Writers: Jonathan Glazer, Michel Faber, Walter Campbell

Composer: Mica Levi

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell, Kevin McAlinden, D. Meade, Andrew Gorman, Joe Szula, Krystof Hadek

More info: IMDb

Plot: A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? The Blu-ray's in my hands.

I saw this in the theater months ago and I forgot to write about it.  I fucking loved it.  People that don't like to think or have trouble with slow moving films that don't hold your hand need to let this one go...unless of course you want to see Scarlet Johansson naked, and we're talking full frontal, full sideal and full backal.  Yeah, that's some sweet icing on the cake but, damn, what a fine cake it is underneath it all.  It's brilliant science fiction.  On paper, there's not much to it but it's the execution that makes the film.  The aesthetics and the patience of letting the audience figure out what's going on is brilliant.  And you don't get all the answers which is great.  I wanted to see it again as soon as it was over.  It's a real thinker.  I pre-ordered the Blu-ray that night.  Unfortunately there's no commentary and the only extra looks like a making of featurette.  That sucks.  I'd like to hear a lot about the picture from the film makers.  And have you seen Glazer's feature debut, SEXY BEAST (2000)?  It's one of the best British crime pictures in a long time and he's done the same with sci-fi with this picture.  It's like The Louvre having a nude statue of some hot famous broad...if it gets you into the door just for that and while you're there you hang around to see all the wonderful, beautiful works of art and maybe, JUST maybe, your life is enriched for just a little while...then so be it.

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