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Surprising Movie Has Been Voted As Best British Film Of The 21st Century

Simon Catling

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Surprising Movie Has Been Voted As Best British Film Of The 21st Century

A surprising movie has been voted the best British film of the 21st century by a group of critics. You can watch the trailer below:


In a poll conducted by MASSIVE Cinema, 60 film reviewers from national newspapers, leading film magazines and freelance critics judged Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin as the finest UK film of the century so far.

The movie, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a shape-shifting alien kicking about in Glasgow, is apparently better than the likes of This Is England, Children of Men, Sexy Beast or any other number of British films you could care to mention released since 1 January 2000.

MASSIVE Cinema said in a press release: "It’s hard to top something with the chilling originality of our #1 title, which also gave Scarlett Johansson undoubtedly one of her most singular and haunting roles to date, even nine years and a whole lot more Marvel later."

Hitting cinemas in 2014, Under The Skin was deemed a box failure on its release, but gained critical plaudits - and has an average 84 percent rating on reviews aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Under The Skin. Credit: Studio Canal
Under The Skin. Credit: Studio Canal

In the film, Johansson plays an alien who drives around Glasgow to prey on unsuspecting men, although finds herself starting to come into difficulties when pondering humanity.

The soundtrack by Mica Levi was stunning, but it's fair to say movie fans were surprised to discover that MASSIVE found the film such an all-timer.

On Reddit, one user wrote: "We’ve still got 78 years to go. They’re jumping the gun a little aren’t they?"

Another added: "I.....had a hard time getting into that one. Good movie, weird movie."

Under The Skin. Credit: Studio Canal
Under The Skin. Credit: Studio Canal

The film did have its supporters on the platform, though, with one user writing: "I’m with it. It was eerily timeless. Subjectively omniscient in its take on society and sex relations. And the aliens will get us all easily with honey traps."

Another commented: "Well deserved, this movie kicks ass and is one of my all time favourites".

Many others meanwhile were quick to post their own thoughts on what should in fact be number one, with Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian 2006 film Children of Men a popular suggestion, alongside much-loved comedy Hot Fuzz.

Children of Men did in fact place inside the top ten, in eighth position, although it was Edgar Wright's Shaun Of The Dead that was more popular than Hot Fuzz, coming in at 16th.

Director Lynne Ramsay took two spots within the top ten, with 2002’s Movern Callar ranked at number two while 2018’s You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix placed ninth.

Paddington 2, Fish Tank and The Souvenir completed the top five.

Featured Image Credit: Studio Canal

Topics: Scarlett Johansson, TV and Film

Simon Catling
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