Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers ★★★★

Spring Breakers will require at least one more watch before I'm totally sure where it sits with me. For much of the film I was sure I was seeing the best movie I had seen in quite some time. And while the stylistic choices completely worked, the constant subverting of expectations didn't always serve them film. Or maybe it did and the way the subversion supported the themes didn't click with me on the first watch.

The fact that three of the four girls weren't fleshed out (pun intended) seemed like a bit of a misstep, too. Deep character development is certainly not something I really need from my films, but as the second half becomes more about James Franco's character, Alien, my ability to care about what happened to any of them seemed non-existent.

These quibbles aside, Spring Breakers is oddly beautiful and original in its vision, and I'm sure this will remain one of my favorite films of the year.

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