The entire viewing experience, from the first moment, is set to Mica Levi’s superb score which potentially had the most power of viewer emotion within the entire movie. Like The Shining , it was mainly repetitious with simple variations throughout, but somehow managed to nudge my heart up into speeds that qualified it jumping out of my chest.
In a time where science fiction films are for the most part summer blockbusters filled with CGI and almost completely surface level plot concepts, this minimalist and abstract creation emphasizes human thought in order to make sense of what has occurred. There is no one to spoon feed you globs of themes or character archetypes, there is only our flawed perceptions and perhaps that is the very answer to what Under the Skin asks of its’ viewers.
10/10. Not gory in the slightest, if one is concerned about that sort of thing. Favorite film I’ve seen this year and that outranks Dallas Buyers, Her, Llewyn Davis, etc. So that’s saying something. Phenomenal.