Netflix is strange. You’ll often get incredible award-winning TV shows, and then it tries its hand at movies…and they really don’t do all that well. Maybe sometimes, but more often than not, they just don’t have that oomph that the shows have. Naked is the second Netflix film that I’ve seen that covers a time loop. The first film was an action thriller called ARQ, which was actually really done well in a way I’ve never seen time loops portrayed. Naked was more or less the same thing as Groundhog Day with a different plot. What is that plot, you wonder? Let’s get into it.
Nervous about finally getting married a guy is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day. – IMDb
Essentially, every time loop film has the same idea – doing things over and over until you get it right. When you get it right, you can move on. To add a little bit of humor for this film, they added the fact that the guy in question wakes up naked in an elevator every time, forced to streak a bit before he does what he needs to do in order to not only get to his wedding but to take a little bit of responsibility while doing it.
I do appreciate the story about half-hearting his way through life and taking the same basic idea while being stuck in a time loop. You’re talking about a life lesson that he’ll need to know while being married. That does make sense, but the film never tries that hard to really express that. You may get the idea, but the weight of how important that is doesn’t stick with you after seeing the film. So, take that as you will.
That’s just my first impressions, though. Let’s go ahead and break down Naked to interpret the stars.
TITLE – Naked
Year – 2017
Genres – Comedy
PEOPLE SCORE – 7/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2
First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting. The acting was neither terrible or great, mostly typical and forgettable. The characters were fine, but I won’t be remembering them forever. I think everyone did a fine job in the role, but that doesn’t mean they were the only actor for the job. Absolutely every character in this film seemingly had an important role adding to the direction of the plot, I was impressed. They had a reason, they had a purpose, they had a history, and I love it. Everyone in this film really worked well together. Their chemistry was off the charts.
WRITING SCORE – 6/10
Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 1|Story – 2|Originality – 0|Interesting – 2
Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue subcategory…which was as unremarkable and forgettable as the meal you had last Tuesday afternoon. Now, this film isn’t as well-balanced as it could’ve easily been. It loses its own focus here and there, making the film feel a little bit longer than it should normally feel. When it comes to the story, this film knows what it’s doing. Not only is the story alone interesting, but it sticks with you because it has meaning and purpose. Talk about an unoriginal film, though. Not only does it ‘feel’ like we’ve seen it before, I’m pretty sure we have at this point…and multiple times, at that. Was this movie interesting? Of course it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.
BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1
Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, folks. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as advertised, which is good. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2
Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Lastly, we’re gonna talk about the falling action, which was really great. It had a nice little calming down moment and a definite returning to a new norm moment as well, so that’s good.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 4/10
Rewatchability – 1|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 1
Okay, so was this movie as entertaining as it wanted to be? Let’s get into that. As far as rewatchability is concerned, I don’t know. I might watch it again if I was in the mood, but I don’t see myself looking for the film anytime soon. Is this a film I would consider fun while watching? Oh yeah, absolutely. Whatever technical problems the movie may or may not have, it is definitely fun, and that’s something no one can take away from it. Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Maybe in certain parts, but definitely not throughout.
SPECIALTY SCORE – 30/50
Netflix – 5|Concept – 5|Comedy – 5|Marlon Wayans – 5|Halfway Decent – 10
Now, onto the specialty questions that I asked before seeing the movie. First of all, how does this fit within the Netflix world? Eh, it’s basically an okay film and I’ve seen a lot better from the streaming giant. Half points there. Next, how about the concept of the living the same day over and over? As fun as it was, I’ve seen much better from that concept overall, half points. How about the comedy? I think, for the most part, the comedy sometimes works pretty well, but for the most part, not really..so, half points once more. What about Marlon Wayans. It’s hard to say since I’m not the biggest fan of his, but I doubt I’ll bring this up to people if they bring him up, so I have to say half points. Finally, is it halfway decent? I think so. The director had a specific vision in mind and I think they achieved that just fine. Full points.
Total – 63/100