Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Giovanna Galetti's Eyebrows and Scarlett Johanssen's Arse
Under the Skin on the other hand is a piece of arty hokum with as many holes in the plot as Rab C. Nesbitt's vest. But the cinematography is gorgeous and Scarlett Johanssen lights up the screen in every frame she's in - which is most of the movie. There are allusions to other films - and to directors such as Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. Here's a suggestion of 2001 a Space Odyssey, there's a reprise of the Elephant Man. All good fun. The juxtapositioning of the glamorous Johanssen with the ill-favoured denizens of Glasgow's mean streets is genius. Also, they'll certainly need sub-titles in the US for the heavy duty Scottish accents. I was lost most of the time. Johanssen spends a lot of the film in a state of undress and it's refreshing to see a heroine with a substantial womanly figure. While her chubbiness is hardly Lena Dunhamesque, it is still a brave statement in these toned and torqued times.