The image is more than just sexy. As analysed by Dave Ehrlich at Reverse Shot:
Filmmakers have used them to a wide variety of ends, most often to tease, tempt, or titillate, but [director] Sofia Coppola uses Scarlett Johansson’s as a cry for help. …
We meet her arse before we know her name (it’s Charlotte) or even the film’s title; before we learn that she’s a 22-year-old Yale grad (philosophy major) who’s traveled as far away from her Los Angeles home as this planet will let her, accompanying her photographer husband on his latest assignment because she doesn’t know what else to do; before we know that she’ll soon be changed by a deep but sexless romance with fading film star Bob Harris (Bill Murray). The pale pink of her underwear isn’t random, but rather the last vestige of a world she understood, a girlhood where things made sense and dreams didn’t necessarily have to come true in order to invigorate.
After the film establishes she is at a hotel in Tokyo, there is a shot of her sitting pants-less looking over the city.
Given the iconic status of this opening, it must be more than coincidence that the trailer for Johansson’s science fiction action flick, “Lucy,” opens with a shot of the actress lying in lingerie on a hotel bed in Taipei, Taiwan. But director Luc Besson’s version is much darker.
Johansson, 28 in this film, is dressed in a sexy black bra and whatever is under the sheet at her waist. She also has a bandage wrapped around her stomach and appears in a terrified daze. “What did you do to my stomach,” she asks in voiceover. And then she is dragged by Asian men in suits into an elevator, and there is a shot of her asking, “What’s going on?”
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