Deeply unpleasant yet impossible to look away from. Mike Leigh takes what could be an incredibly dark and bleak tale (and it is that) and adds a great sense of humour to it. One scene we could be enthralled with David Thewlis' character Johnny, who is smart and funny, but at the same time a deeply horrible bully who routinely does horrific things. But we still empathise with him - some of the time. Greg Cruttwell plays the logical extreme of Johnny - and his presence is most disturbing. Belter.
The first hour and a half are probably the best movie ever made by a white dude. The return and slaying the suitors was absolute tits up garbage. Quality ending. Guess that would have all fit under "uneven."
There is a plight of our own design, and yet outside of our power, that entangles the characters in this film. Nihilism is the warm embrace that frees these characters from the unbearable reality of their lives, and the protagonist spreads misery and doubt without care, and yet also with careful attention. While the experience is depressing it is also refreshingly introspective, this film's harsh contradictions draw out thoughts and inspire thorough consideration.
I got this movie recommended by a forum, and it certantly was worth watching. The character of Johnny is both totally hilarious and interesting at the same time. A bunch of legendary quotes. I really enjoyed the movie. Not giving it a 9/10, but definitly deserves a 8/10.
From the start you get the feeling this isn't a very subtle film, and Thewlis owns the screen all the way through. Top part of the film for me will always be with the night watchman though, where they seem to bond, sort of. Only time Thewlis has an inkling of "likeability"(I love him though) about him. But even though he's an asshole, he always has a thought through reason for his venomous tirades, a way to back it up it you might say. Also see it as a well placed attack on Thatcherism.
The acting is fantastic all around in this one, it was interesting to see David Thewlis in a non-Potter role. Bumped down a point for some of the most passive, interchangeable female characters I've ever seen, however.
Naked is hard to discribe. If you find "access" to this unpleasant sometimes painful movie you will be fascinated. I did it. A story about humanity and the selfishness we act as a part in our brutal and stupid society!On the outside we are all like strangers. The exaggerated character drawing creates the right atmosphere. Mike Leigh's best movie!
If ever a rapist and thief could be considered charming, it's Johnny. Though he's riddled with character flaws - beyond his obvious moral transgressions, he displays a general dislike for humanity - it's wildly entertaining listening to his rambling philosophical notions, and Thewlis turns him into a sort of everyman folk hero. The stream-of-consciousness nature of the film is surprisingly effective and held my interest throughout. A really intimate and engaging film.
Naked is an amazing film for a few reasons. The sociopath and Johnny represents some kind of duality of man, which is a little tired. But it's the intellectual and physical journey of Johnny that is very compelling because we all have pieces of Johnny in us and many of us aren't very different from Johnny at all.
Naked is full of characters that range from despicable to pitiful (with the exception of Louise), and it's quite compelling. Johnny, though he's a rapist and thief, is very charismatic, and his musings on life are entertaining and often insightful. The subject matter is pretty disturbing, but it's not difficult to watch because of the strong comedic element, which is very sarcastic and pessimistic.