Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers ★★★★

Harmony Korine, you are one crazy son of a bitch. The eclectic filmmaker is on a very short list of artists who could have managed to create a film like Spring Breakers, and miraculously form it into a bizarre piece of unique entertainment. I'll be one of the quickest to admit that I dislike a lot of Korine's style in the majority of his work, as I feel that they feature some effective sequences but hardly ever fit together as a whole.

I usually feel a disconnect with his films, and I was sure that this would be another one I didn't care for. I was wrong. I'm almost reluctant to admit it, but I'm on Spring Breakers bandwagon, too, just like almost everyone else around here. I'll only know exactly how much I enjoyed it after I get a chance to rewatch it sometime down the road, but I know that it is such a fireball jolt to the senses, and more importantly unlike just about anything else out there, that it cannot be ignored. Korine is firing on all cylinders this time around, and he takes full advantage of his first so-called "mainstream" chance.

Everything on display is a bit of a shocker during the first act, with the casting most notably an inspired piece of craziness. It's a little odd to see some of these people in roles like this, and once they get a little comfortable in a new type of atmosphere (Gomez, Hudgens, etc.) they blend in to the mix quite well. But this is clearly a one-two punch of a film, as we witness the marriage of Korine's visual style and James Franco's dynamite, schizophrenic, funny, dangerous, and simply brilliant turn as Alien, the drug lord who takes the four naive girls under his wing.

This isn't the type of movie to go into great detail about when writing down your opinion of it. In fact, I'm a little disappointed that I've already went on this long. Just know that it really is the bizarre buck-shot blast of weirdo entertainment that most have been calling it, so see it as soon as you can. Whether you love it or hate it, I don't think you'll be able to compare it to much.

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