Under The Skin

Starring: Scarlett Johansson
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

A lot of people swear that this is the best movie of the year, or the most underrated movie of the year. It’s definitely one of the most interesting movies I’ve seen this year, and one of the most likely films to be studied in film programs. It’s daring, it’s original, it’s intriguing. Even with all that, I can’t say I actually really enjoyed it.

I appreciate it, as a body of work, or as art. I didn’t hate watching it. I found it interesting, but I just don’t know if I would ever watch it again. It’s also really hard to recommend, especially to some average joe filmgoer. This film is really for film buffs, and for people who like more avant garde tastes.

Scarlett Johansson does a good job playing a mysterious woman, who is also a succubus. Or something like that. The film is shot very realistic, using real people on the streets for a lot of Johansson’s encounters. It’s a weird film, but it’s good that people make films like this that push the boundaries of what can be considered commercial cinema. If this film had a no name actress instead of Johansson, people wouldn’t have paid it any attention. Her name brings eyes to a film that is completely off beat. That’s worth it.

Kudos to the film for casting Adam Pearson as one of her potential victims, who suffers from neurofibromatosis.

FINAL GRADE: B-

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