Review: Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer’s, ‘Under The Skin’

under-the-skin-scarlett-johansson

There are times when I’ve watched a movie, the house lights come up and I think to myself, “What the hell did I just see?”

Under the Skin was one of those movies.

Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), the film is based on the novel by Michael Faber and I sincerely hope that the novel has more of a plot than the film, which has an alien (Scarlett Johansson) taking over a dead woman’s body. She then drives around the streets of Scotland searching for men – only men – who have no family or loved ones, inviting them to a far-away house with the promise of some hanky-panky. The men strip and follow Johansson’s alien into a bleak, almost gel-like underworld where they die.

It’s all about humanity; finding it, losing it and what happens in-between. The problem is that there’s not much that happens in the in-between parts and that’s a huge problem.

For the first hour, Johansson’s alien is seen trolling the streets of Glasgow looking for her prey. It happens over and over with slight variations for each sequence. But that’s it. After the first three times, we kind of get it, you know? There’s nothing else that happens beyond Johansson being pretty to look at – thank God – or this would have been a slog to watch.

Once that happens, we finally get to some meat of the story but it’s too little too late.

There’s zero explanation of who the alien is, why she’s on Earth, why she choose Scotland and what her purpose is. There’s also a guy driving around on a motorcycle who seems to be her sidekick or boss or… who knows what he is. Because there’s no explanation of anything!

I need some whys! I need explanations! And here, we get none.

I do like and admire Johansson for her risk taking and decision to do something unconventional. Doing a part like this, where she hardly speaks, takes huge guts and it’s only making her a better actress… and I think she’s already terrific.

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Film the Smaug Motion Capture for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
Though Peter Jackson‘s movie adaptations of The Hobbit haven’t received the same critical acclaim as his films based on the book’s sequel, The Lord of the Rings (turning a 300 page book into 9+ hours of film tends to do that), fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of the final part of The Hobbit […]
Watch: Daniel Radcliffe on the Differences Between American and British Theater Audiences
Though moviegoers can see Daniel Radcliffe in the fantasy film Horns, which opens today, Broadway fans will have to wait a bit longer. Radcliffe is an unapologetic fan of Broadway — he has starred in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan — but he hasn’t yet made […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-anna-gunn-jacki-weaver-and.jpg
Watch: Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver and Virginia Kull on ‘Gracepoint’ and Strong Female Roles on TV
The actresses also speak candidly about how they feel about their characters in the series and why its important for TV to feature series with strong female leads.Check out the conversation above!
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-cristin-milioti-talks-a-to.jpg
Watch: Cristin Milioti Talks ‘A to Z’, ‘Once’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Few actresses have the kind of rise as Cristin Milioti has had in the last few years. A virtual unknown in 2011, she became a bona fide Broadway star in the 2012 hit Once, appeared in a supporting role in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and was featured as the titular mother […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-bryan-cranstons-acting-adv.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston’s Acting Advice
With Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel being released on Blu-ray with all kinds of goodies today, it gives us yet another opportunity to reflect on the series’ star Bryan Cranston and all of the incredible advice he has offered actors in the wake of his success. In a video he filmed in 2013 for […]