Naked (1993) starring David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell directed by Mike Leigh Movie Review

Naked (1993)   2/52/52/52/52/5

David Thewlis in Naked (1993)


After raping a woman in a back alley in Manchester Johnny (David Thewlis) steals a car and heads down south to London where he tracks down girlfriend of sorts Louise (Lesley Sharp) and meets her flatmate Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge). But soon Johnny tires of Louise and Sophie so decides to head to the streets and wander around meeting the all and sundry of the homeless.

I don't get it, I don't understand what is so great about Mike Leigh's "Naked" that some see it as a 5 out of 5 movie. To me, who admittedly, prefers simple entertainment what I got in "Naked" was a lot of pretentious nonsense which chopped and changed, did this and that and was anything but realistic. But then realism is in the life we lead and I certainly haven't touched on anything close to the life on show in "Naked" which is why I just couldn't connect to it at all. In my world if you have a headache or hung-over or stoned you are not able to shoot of intelligent monologues whilst quoting science and the bible.

But whilst I don't get what is special about "Naked" the actual dialogue is amusingly clever and the delivery of it is first rate. As such whilst the character of Johnny is a nonsense to me David Thewlis's command of the dialogue, the quickness of his delivery is fantastic. The interaction as well is brilliant with the banter between Thewlis and Sharp being quick and fun even if what they are saying is more nonsense than anything to me.

What this all boils down to is that "Naked" just didn't do it for me and found it mostly a lot of pretentious nonsense. But if anyone was ever wondering whether to cast David Thewlis in a movie then they should watch it because his command of dialogue is simply fantastic and the only highlight for me.