“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Under the Skin (2014)

Here’s another sneaky reblog of a vintage review from Film Grimoire. I’m experiencing quite a bit of writer’s block at the moment, hence the semi-regular reblogging, and I’m unsure exactly why that is. I’m currently trying to figure that out! In any case, I found myself gazing out the window at work the other day, thinking about this film and its mindblowing ending and how much I enjoyed it. So even though this isn’t a new piece from me, I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


under-the-skin-poster-800x1185Finally released in cinemas after ten years in development, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2014) is a film that will stick in your mind for a very long time. It tells the story of a beautiful female alien (Scarlett Johansson) who arrives in Scotland with a job to do. She is charged with the task of seducing lonely men and taking them to her home, but for what purpose? Over the course of the film, one of her conquests leads her towards a process of self-discovery that neither she nor the audience would ever have predicted.

I saw Under the Skin a little while ago, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Something about it that has stuck with me and caused me to think about it at random times of the day – the amazing score by Mica Levi, Scarlett Johansson’s minimal yet very communicative performance, the bleak…

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  1. […] mentioned in my previous post (which wasn’t really much of a post), I’m experiencing quite a bit of writer’s […]

  2. Ugh, writer’s block is the worst! It hasn’t shown its face up around my parts for awhile but it will sooner or later. Prob come January/February, when releases become a bit more dire. 😉

    1. It really is the worst! And the blinking text cursor on the screen never helps!

  3. Fantastic review! I reviewed it too last year, and I thought it had a very deep visual flair and conveyed themes of appearance and alienation. Really haunting stuff, but I thought the ending was too artful, kind of a let-down because it doesn’t conclude Scar-Jo’s character in any meaningful way.

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