Under The Skin

Matthew Kay: Reviews and Editorials

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Early reviews for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin compared the sci-fi thriller to films by Stanley Kubrick and Nicolas Roeg, names that are difficult to hold up to and, given the heavy exposure of these reviews in the film’s marketing, plenty of people will be going to see this movie to judge whether or not such high praise is truly deserved. The similarities with 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Man Who Fell To Earth are noticeable, but Under the Skin stands on its own two feet due to confident, intelligent and pulse pounding direction mixed with a career best performance from Scarlett Johansson.

It becomes apparent early on that the title has a double meaning. There’s the literal meaning referencing Johansson’s character, an alien covered in human flesh (or a convincing substitute), but it is also an allusion to the idea that the metamorphosis into a human could be more than…

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