Alright, my participation in this wonderful series has been so embarrassingly spotty, but I couldn't NOT participate this week. I almost forgot (not sure if I'm late yet) but thanks to Sati's glorious post, I was reminded that this was due today.
I'm just going to get into this. If you haven't seen this film, see it now. If you have seen this film, then you know why anyone who hasn't seen it needs to see it now. There are few films I can recall that are this visceral, this haunting.
For me, it was really easy to select my favorite shot. In fact, while watching the movie there was one moment, one look, one 'shot' that I knew when I saw it that it would last with me forever. The reason for this is that it, for me, marked the film's thematic evolution. It was this pivotal moment when everything that came before suddenly shifted into what was about to come.
And here it is...
It was in this moment that the alien and the human collided and paved the way for the remainder of the film to have the impact (however subjective it was) it had. It doesn't hurt that Johansson sells this performance so effortlessly that this key scene, in all it's subtle nuances, screams so loudly. As she stared at herself, the weight of her journey crushing down on her, I could feel the shift in her intentions, her motives and thus her journey. This is where the film takes its shape, and without this scene it wouldn't have felt complete.
I guess this is what you'd call a segue; and a damn good one at that.
And yes, I was tempted to go with one of the countless naked Johansson pics because, well, those really were the best shots, but for Sati's sake I decided to go with something a little more...substantial ;-)