Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Movie Tuesday 8/4

Trying to get back into my normal routines but still running a bit behind, so...it's Movie Monday on Tuesday!

My husband and I watched one movie this weekend, amid catching up on all our favorite TV shows:

On Friday, we stopped at the library and took out Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. There is no way around it - this is one weird movie, but it kind of grew on us. It's about an alien lifeform that assumes the form of a beautiful human female (played by Johansson) in order to prey on human males. It's a bit confusing at first, but as Scarlett goes out into the Scottish city again and again to look for just the right victims (not exactly sure what her criteria was), we got the general idea. At some point, though, she (it) becomes more curious about what it is like to be a human and sets out to explore her (its) feminine side. There is very little explanation or dialogue in the movie, other than Scarlett's flirty chats with her potential victims, and the whole thing feels rather...well, otherworldly, which I suppose is what they were going for. Like I said, it kind of grew on us - we started out mostly confused and thinking "what the...?" It feels a bit repetitive in the first half, with her predatory forays into the night, but it gets far more varied and interesting as she explores the human experience. The scene where she experiences sex for the first time was my favorite - perfect and hilarious and just what an alien might think in that situation! Speaking of sex, there is a lot of nudity in this movie ("graphic nudity" as the ratings say, because it is males rather than females, for the most part), just so you are forewarned. Under the Skin garnered very high ratings from both critics and regular viewers and is a must-see for sci-fi fans, though if you prefer your movies realistic and straightforward, you might want to skip this one.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

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