"Under The Skin is a film that beckons the viewer to step outside the safety of their box and watch something unique"
If you thought "Under The Skin" was all about Scarlett Johansson being nude, you've got it all wrong. This is a film that is more of an abstract storytelling than a literal adaptation of Michel Faber's 2002 novel of the same name. It is also a movie that you must watch in it's entirety to get the full benefit of this artistic presentation.
Ready to find out what it's all about? Let's Unhinge...
Mysterious unnamed woman played by Scarlett Johansson travels throughout the local area to pick up men, but not as one would think. This isn't the "Hey, how ya doing" kind of thing, it's more of the look at my beauty and follow me to my home deal. So as one would expect, men are enamored by her beauty and flock gleefully to where ever Johansson's sexy skin should lead. But, this is where it gets interesting because it doesn't seem like it's sex she's after.
No, that would be too easy. Then when you take in the fact that she doesn't really seem interact with others as smooth as she could, something's got to be off. There's something not right about this voluptuous mystery woman and you'll have to watch the film to find out what it is!
Expectations Going In
As we stated above, "Under The Skin" is not all about Scarlett's bare skin prancing across the stage. It's more of an artistic expression of the character she is playing who is definitely out of touch with our reality. Now, if your a guy your probably thinking, "She's nude, I don't care" and that's fine, but it's not going to be as jaw-dropping as one would think. It's not because she's not gorgeous, it's because it's not thrown in your face to take away from the story underneath.
We decided to do a little deep diving on our end and really look to gain insight from Glazer's direction and interpretation of the film. What we found is that the film is just about as minimalist as it gets since it's a story shown through the eyes of Scarlett's character. The intricate design of the film is what stood out most, now looking back. The film wasn't shot on a set per say, but more so out in the open, the public with hidden cameras.
Now, how they pulled this off, guess that's a bit of movie magic because it doesn't appear that way when you watch the movie. Often times what you'll notice when watching a lot of films is that it's the work behind the scene that makes the movie that much more impressive. Have you ever felt that way? You know watched a movie and thought of questions like, "How the heck did they even get that angle" or "What kind of fx are syncing this all together". It's interesting stuff.
"Under The Skin" is not for someone looking for a quick hit of entertainment to laugh or "Wow" about. This is a movie that wants you to think while you watch, pick it apart while eating so to speak. Your mind must be open to the fact that nothing will be handed to you and you must work for your own conclusion. Not a lot of directors challenge viewers and we've become spoiled, but you will find this one is quite unique.
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