Excerpt: The latest film by the visionary director Pedro Almodovar "The skin I live in" is going to win many awards this year. I am so happy to see the film getting nominated for the Oscar in the Foreign films category. The screenplay of the film is very taut and riveting and was presented in a slick fashion. This is a mind provoking melo-drama that has many awe-inspiring sequences. The entire cast has done their best to produce a mind boggling film like this.
Conclusion: I'd just like to counter-balance the 1 star review (nothing wrong with not liking it or having a different oppinion) by saying I really enjoyed it. Excellent sick and twisted story of a psycho plastic surgeon. Gorgeously directed by Pedro Almodovar. I can safely add him to my growing list of great directors whose back catalogues I need to explore.
Conclusion: This is without any shadow of a doubt one of the most pointless cinema experiences of my life. The plot is dreadful nonsense with the time-frames twisted inside out in what I can only think is a desperate effort to make it interesting, .... it fails! The characters are one dimensional & paper thin. The shame is that for most of the film it actually looks quite nice.
Conclusion: The beginning of the movie I really didn't know what was going on, it was hard to know exactly what the characters were doing, who they were and why anything was happening. As the plot thickens all becomes apparent and rather shocking. It's a dark movie, sinister beings and with a good heart behind it. A movie where no one is innocent, you're forced to look at people without taking note of their appearance.
Conclusion: Not for the feint hearted, but full of twists and turns throughout, and a truly original plot makes this a future classic. The filming is beautiful, and the acting top rate. Saw this at the cinema with three friends, and it is true to say that I was the only one that came out having enjoyed it...everyone else found it too challenging. So there you go, watch if you want to see something that will keep you interested from start to finish.
Summary: The Husband won tickets to this movie from Flicks. I hadn't realised it was in Spanish, not that it was a bad thing. I think it lent to the setting and characters. Banderas as Dr Ledgard is brilliant. He's cold, calculating and inevitably succumbs to his victim's charms. The movie itself is a bit 'Silence of the Lambs' for the creepy aspect. Some scenes in the lab I found funny, a bit "Dr Frankenstein" for this day and age.
Summary: Almodovar takes on a psychological thriller and produces a cleverly crafted and intriguing premise. An elegantly set up dark pyscho-sexual melodrama ... that just left me unmoved. In the same way that Banderas's character is obsessed with skin, Almodovar's focus is on the style and the exquisite texture of the film, but fails to delve into the psyche of the characters in the way that would make this truly chilling.
Summary: The trailer had me expecting Silence of the Lambs meets Frankenstein and I wasn't thinking I'd enjoy it. The Spanish setting, culture and architecture transport a kiwi viewer and allows belief to be suspended for this black fairy tale. It is hard to review this without giving vital plot twists away so I will say this is a socially challenging movie, you will be prompted to question your beliefs and morals and sense of justice.
Summary: A bit weird, sick and disgusting...but quite watchable and remains interesting throughout, which is a rare thing considering Antonio Banderas is in the lead role :P...worth a look if you aren't too straight laced. 3 stars.
Summary: I've read references to Hitchcock and Vincent Price regarding the films tone and characters which I think is bang on. The lines the story takes are at times equally hilarious and horrifying. Captivating throughout, Almodovar's horror story is told with both frightening reality and a subvert perversity.