A passive-aggressive nihilist's Odyssey through wasted, decadent modern London, this guy pretty much screws over everyone he meets (not to mention the actions of some of the side characters)...one can sense a ruined romantic in the main character, the kind of people who become more bitter and pessimistic as their lives "wear" on...Thewlis gives an award deserving performance, but beware, the film's smeared in grit...
Free roaming these loopholes and gateways we buy one-way tickets to. Sometimes we formally miss the loopholes, like this guy, by staying devoted to what we may call our basic principles, that we either sell to get a ticket or stick to and see happens. This film could of been unbearable but is saved by an insane caricature in accordance to 'simian' beings in a nonsensical system of its own cherished basic principles.
David Thewlis is remarkable as Jonny and makes the film memorable. As for the film Thewlis is in, well, that doesn't hold up so well. It's an early Leigh piece with the working methods he'd later master - but in naked it's all unformed and the film doesn't quite work. Still, interesting to see how far Leigh has come with this style. But those Thewlis monologues are awesome.
"That's the trouble with everybody - you're all so bored. (..) So now you want cheap thrills and like plenty of them, and it don't matter how tawdry or vacuous they are as long as it's new, as long as it's new, as long as it flashes and fuckin' bleeps in forty fuckin' different colors. So whatever else you can say about me, I'm not fuckin' bored."
88/100 (İkinci kez daha dikkatli izlemek istedim ve bir kez daha çok sevdim bu filmi. Her şeyiyle hissettiren bir eser çıkarmış Mike Leigh. Bu sefer özellikle dikkatimi çeken sahneler filmin sonunda müzikle birlikte baş karakterimizin ritimli sekmesi ve filmin başlarında eski sevgilisiyle sıkılma üzerine yaptığı konuşmaydı. Gerçekten zevkten dört köşe eden sahnelerde yerini aldı bu kısımlar...)
It's a comedy. One that wears its stilted mannerisms on its sleeve, connecting to a world of classic literature and theatre, and indeed, puppetry. (Puppet-Heathcliff and Cathy, anyone?) It's Leigh's own way to mock the formalism of British society, but also to retain a pinch of humanity in the bleakest of setups. Except his puppets here are even lonelier than ususal.
9/10 “You’ve had the universe explained to you, and you’re bored with it, so now you want cheap thrills and like plenty of them, and it doesn’t matter how tawdry or vacuous they are, as long as it’s new, as long as it’s new, as long as it flashes and frigging’ bleeps in forty frigging’ different colors”
Absolutely stunning performance by David Thewlis as a living, breathing, walking, talking existential crisis. 'Naked' definitely has a darker tone than most of Leigh's other work, but it's actually interesting to get a little deeper into the director's head and step away from family dram-coms.
Leigh overplays his hand self-indulging in an exaggeratedly pathetic vision of life filled with despair, nihilism and existential angst whilst pretending to shed some wisdom with his act of sheer rebellion towards living. Naked is a gratuitous poisonous act, sick and deluded, carried away by histrionic performances of mainly depressing characters, stubbornly refusing to concede any minimal glimpse of hope.