Falling back on a long debunked myth Hollywood fell in love with years ago that somehow a person only uses 10% of their brain, the latest movie from writer/director Luc Besson casts Scarlett Johansson as a completely unexceptional young woman whose mind is opened up by a designer drug allowing her to access more and more of her “unused” brain. The result feels very much like a script where only a fraction of 10% of a person’s brain power was used to write it.
The line between a movie being artistic and pretentious is, like beauty, often in the eye of the beholder. Director Jonathan Glazer helms this tale of a beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson) stalking lonely men in Scotland. Adapted from the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin has sharply divided audiences over the issue of style versus substance.
For reasons that are unclear to me at the moment, Sideshow Collectibles is putting out a premium Scarlett Johansson Black Widow figure from Iron Man 2, complete with gun, fabric bodysuit, and that awful, awful mop-head hairstyle (that, okay, looks better in plastic mold than it did on film) that we thankfully won’t be seeing in The Avengers. You can take home a little Scarlett Johansson for the low, low price of $325.
Scralett Johansson has made a name for herself on the big screen in films as varied as Lost in Translation, The Island, The Other Boleyn Girl, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Iron Man 2. In recent years the actress has moved into music including a cover album of Tom Waits songs entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head (which the following comes from) as well as providing a track for the soundtrack of He’s Just Not That Into You.