As the quiet nothingness fills the theater with an eerie and haunting silence, one is shown a full close up of the mesmerizingly beautiful Scarlett Johansson in the new film Under the Skin, which will capture your attention from the very first scene. The film and story is taken on and directed by Jonathan Glazer whom is known for his other films such as Birth and Sexy Beast. He presents the story of a young and mysterious women’s journey throughout Scotland while searching for the understanding of humanity. This search paves the way for a spellbinding and thought provoking hour and forty five minutes, which will explore the themes of sexual desire, regret, guilt and manipulation. Walking into the multiplex I must confess, I was not very well informed on its story or subject matter. I just knew that Scarlett Johansson stared in the Sci-Fi film and I will admit that I have a HUGE Grush (Gay Crush) for Miss Johansson. Aside from her strong and career changing performance, the picture is paired with beautiful cinematography which Glazer has meticulously put together frame by frame as he constructs his masterpiece. Every piece of the film tells a story in which will guide you through a journey of human exploration that will provide nourishment to all the senses, while making you question every action the main character chooses to partake in. Imagine watching a film so raw, imaginative and philosophically deep that will bring forth a series of questions such as, what is humanity? What consists of being human? And what motivates one to selfishly attain power when it comes to the detriment of another person? The growth one will encounter as these questions and answers build upon each other, is an artistic and unique experience that is visually put together by Glazer’s vision. Scarlett provides her body as a blank canvas to portray these questions showcasing her ability and versatility as an actress. Whether you’re a Sci-Fi aficionado or just a ScarJo follower this film will leave you content and asking the question what’s under YOUR skin?
Watch the Trailer for Under the Skin!
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