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Three screenplays by Mike Leigh. Naked presents a bleak picture of urban society, Life is Sweet is a gentle comedy in which the pain of everyday life is borne with a wry smile, and High Hopes is a comedy of class-ridden life in contemporary Britain.


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Three screenplays by Mike Leigh. Naked presents a bleak picture of urban society, Life is Sweet is a gentle comedy in which the pain of everyday life is borne with a wry smile, and High Hopes is a comedy of class-ridden life in contemporary Britain.

30 review for Naked and Other Screenplays

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brian Bess

    I would give five stars to 'Naked' and four stars to 'Life is Sweet' and 'High Hopes', so that averages out to four stars. The character of Johnny in 'Naked' is a modern, nihilistic cross between Hamlet and Dostoevsky's Underground Man--an idealist spurned by God whose rage propels him to force himself and all who come within his orbit into extreme positions. One cannot be indifferent to Johnny. You WILL react to him. He is one of the most fascinating and unforgettable characters in film or lite I would give five stars to 'Naked' and four stars to 'Life is Sweet' and 'High Hopes', so that averages out to four stars. The character of Johnny in 'Naked' is a modern, nihilistic cross between Hamlet and Dostoevsky's Underground Man--an idealist spurned by God whose rage propels him to force himself and all who come within his orbit into extreme positions. One cannot be indifferent to Johnny. You WILL react to him. He is one of the most fascinating and unforgettable characters in film or literature. 'Life is Sweet' and 'High Hopes' are good mid-level Mike Leigh screenplays. Both of them are superior to about 90% of what's being produced in America. Nonetheless, by Mike Leigh's standards, they come up short in relation to major works such as 'Naked', 'Happy-Go-Lucky' and 'Secrets&Lies'. 2019 addendum: 'Life is Sweet' and 'High Hopes' have risen in my estimation after repeated viewings. In fact, I recommend all of Mike Leigh's films. Some are better than others but all are worth seeing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Mike Leigh is absolutely incredible. To go from "Naked" to "Secrets and Lies" and then to "Vera Drake" is just astounding. However, it is the character Johnny in "Naked" that has most left an impression on me. Probably one of the strangest, most intense, complicated, and confusing characters ever committed to screen. Johnny talks (rants) almost non-stop and so quickly that I thought reading the screenplay would somehow help me in trying to understand why this awful, abusive, full of piss n' vine Mike Leigh is absolutely incredible. To go from "Naked" to "Secrets and Lies" and then to "Vera Drake" is just astounding. However, it is the character Johnny in "Naked" that has most left an impression on me. Probably one of the strangest, most intense, complicated, and confusing characters ever committed to screen. Johnny talks (rants) almost non-stop and so quickly that I thought reading the screenplay would somehow help me in trying to understand why this awful, abusive, full of piss n' vinegar character was also somehow sympathetic. Turns out that even after reading it, Johnny remains a frustrating mystery that no one can seem to understand. This collection of three screenplays by Leigh is masterful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This collection of three of Mike Leigh's screenplays - Naked, Life is Sweet, and High Hopes, is a good reference for fans of Mike Leigh and these three films especially. It also comes with a great interview with Mike Leigh that provides excellent context for the films themselves. My only problem with the book is that "Naked" - the screenplay and the film - towers over the other two works. They're two of his lighter works, and Naked is his magnum opus. There was a time when I used this book as an This collection of three of Mike Leigh's screenplays - Naked, Life is Sweet, and High Hopes, is a good reference for fans of Mike Leigh and these three films especially. It also comes with a great interview with Mike Leigh that provides excellent context for the films themselves. My only problem with the book is that "Naked" - the screenplay and the film - towers over the other two works. They're two of his lighter works, and Naked is his magnum opus. There was a time when I used this book as an oracle - I would just leave it out and randomly open it to a page in Naked for insight. Simply brilliant.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    The classic tale of the devil and what happens when he inhabits the body of a homeless drifter. Throughout the screenplay he walks the fine line between good and evil, and you keep rooting for him to come out on the side of good. The cast of characters he becomes encircled with are fascinating. It explores what it means to be homeless, and meditates on nothing less than the meaning of life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Funny, left-wing British humor and social realism.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Agnes Herdiasti

  7. 4 out of 5

    André

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mehdi

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julienne

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Costan

  12. 4 out of 5

    William

  13. 5 out of 5

    hannah holland

  14. 5 out of 5

    Puneet

  15. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike Mills

  17. 4 out of 5

    sunshani

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wannes

  22. 5 out of 5

    D

  23. 4 out of 5

    Juno Dante

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jack Ingram

  28. 5 out of 5

    Agata Sinkiewicz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  30. 5 out of 5

    karla

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