Genre Grandeur – Under the Skin (2014)

Hey man, sharing is caring. So today I share with you another guest review I have featured over on MovieRob’s terrific site. Over there you’ll find so much stuff to read it’s not even funny. We’re talking multiple quality posts a day, so there’s always something new to read over there. My review of Under the Skin joins his July edition of Genre Grandeur. Check it out!


And here’s another review for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Aliens, submitted by Tom of Digital Shortbread.

If you don’t already follow his site, I recommend that you do so he has some great in depth movie reviews, 30 for 30, numerous opinion pieces and his rating system always gets my stomach rumbling.

It’s still not too late to send me your reviews for this month’s genre.  You have until the 25th, so send them to as soon as you can so I can schedule them for you.

Now on to Tom’s Review of Under the Skin (2014)

Under the Skin



Number of times seen – 1 (April 29, 2014)

Brief Synopsis – An alien disguised in human form moves across Scotland, luring men she finds on the streets first into her van, and then. . .into an entirely different world.


My take on it…

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12 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Under the Skin (2014)

  1. I completely agree, Tom. As Mark Hobin said in his review, the film isn’t challenging to follow, but it is still challenging. Such a fantastic work of art.

    Though am I the only person who wishes the film’s marketers hadn’t spilled the beans that Johansson’s character was an alien? Let us figure that out on our own, because the film itself certainly doesn’t make it obvious.


    • Right!!!? That is one point that is very interesting to note. What if they never said anything about the type of character Johansson was going to play. . you know, outside of the fact that she was going to be pretty . . .creepy. And strange. Lol. I think that would have played into this film’s frame of mind perfectly. The air of mystery and intrigue that surrounds Under the Skin would have been so much stronger if details weren’t released.


      • Yeah. Especially since that’s the air it tries to create in the actual narrative. I think the first time most viewers would be certain she’s an alien is when she can’t eat human food. Some might get it earlier. Some earlier. But the human food is the first “massive, can’t miss it” clue. And it comes two-thirds of the way through the flick, for artistic reasons.

        I can’t understand why they didn’t let the artistry rule and just avoid all spoilers.


      • Becaues we live in an era now where studios and marketing execs have deemed it necessary to create as much of a theatrical experience in a 2-minute preview as we might get in the theater itself for 90 mins. I’m not against all trailers being potentially spoiler-heavy, but when they are like this, and reveal an entire thematic element, they kind of undercut the product. I think, anyway. Maybe my view is extreme, though.


    • Thanks a lot Mark! Sorry, it seems I overlooked this comment. I have really tried to pick up the social blogging recently, been a lot of solo posts in the past so it’s nice to mix things up a bit. 🙂


    • Been trying, man! 🙂

      I have been having some cash flow problems so theater visits have been not so frequent lately. Just means more time to throw down some stuff on other people’s pages. It’s been a great couple of weeks.



      • Hey Rob, so i just noticed that the upcoming Genre for Genre Grandeur will be war films. By any chance, is there gonna be a limit to the number of Saving Private Ryan entries you’ll take? I have a feeling that one will be popular. 😉


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