Scarlett Johansson: like you've never seen her before. Erotic, mysterious, dark, beautiful, and perfect - if only the great filmmakers (like Kubrick) could have made a sci-fi fever dream like this & that amazing. I've never felt that quiet (like what could I say about it so far) or stunned in years during my first viewing (last year), by the way.
This could be titled 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth'. Instead of Bowie as a dapper gent in America, we see Johansson as an anonymous lady of the night, prowling the streets of Glasgow in search of lonely lads to reel in--but not for a quick shag. This is a philosophical sci-fi/horror film: heavy on the mindf**k, light on gore. Landin's cinematography and Levi's music heighten the dark, disturbing yet hypnotic tension.
Tarkovsky and Lynch reboot "The Man Who Fell To Earth" via "Soylent Green". With Chrissie Hynde. ScarJo - impeccable accent, btw - learns humanity by way of a pool of black goo in a suspiciously large Glasgow flat. Contains 3 of the most disturbing scenes in recent memory - "baby on the beach" will give parents seizures. Wonderfully unsettling artful horror, up there with Repulsion, Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man.
There's trully a poetic essence in this film. I'm sure this complex novel isn't easy to translate to this form, yet we can agree that Jonathan tried and actually succeeded in some scenes throughout the development of the story. Sometimes the repetetive essence of it dismantles the process and transforms those shocking sequences into something not that surprising. Between them, we can see some gorgeous sequences.
No matter who we are inside we negotiate with the surface. This film is about who and what we are on the surface about loneliness and the artificial loneliness around us which is vividly our own about the overwhelming fear of the unconscious and the powerful figure of our biology it is the horror of how deep the darkness is within yourself. The surface is everything the spaces we fill only seen by the third person
4 stars for the score alone. Mica Levi conjures up some brilliant sounds to rival Johnny Greenwood at his best. Scarjo is a hauntingly beautiful alien who seduces Scottish loaners for the harvesting of 'human meat' on her home planet before she experiences a change of heart. The pacing of the film is delightfully reserved, allowing the tension to build slowly throughout a barage of stunning imagery.
An example of excellent visual storytelling with an eerie score to match. Glazer leaves just enough unanswered to leave you terrified, avoiding redundant aesthetics. Loved it. Best film I've seen all year.