Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers ★★★★½

Darkness enshrouded with the faded colors of the american youth. The constant hip-hop music which attacks the senses of thousands of lost and lonely young individuals. Wondrous colors, intensely reflecting off of the fragile and the weak.

This is Spring Breakers.

Never has a film deconstructed a generation more accurately than Korine's satire of lost dreams and broken souls. In every way, Spring Breakers is one of the most devastating pictures of the last few years, just because it shows the utter disillusion and lack of humanity of America's youth. I'm young, but if these idiots and dim-wits were on my lawn, I would get them off faster than you could say; "Spring Break Forevvvverrrr Bitches!"

One thing that I loved about this film was how it slowly revealed its satire and its message. If you only saw the opening 5 minutes, you would've thought that you just witnessed the newest Michael Bay pet project; complete with enough T&A to fuel day-dreams for jock-strap dumb-asses everywhere. However, as the film continues, its darkness is revealed. And as the visuals become more vibrant and layered, our characters become more self-destructive and abrasive.

It truly is a frightening sight, and the sexual content throughout is just as sterile as another A24 film, Under the Skin. Never do you feel, despite the gratuitousness on display, that Harmony Korine is trying to titillate the audience. If you felt that way towards this film, then I feel terribly sorry for you. Sure, the main girls in this film are scantily-clad for the whole film, and while they are beautiful, Korine is trying to make a point. What if they were your daughters? What are they accomplishing? Do they really feel that this is what life is all about? Do they have no respect for their own humanity?

All of those questions are answered with Spring Breaker's beautifully realized visual style, with enough neon-drenched landscapes to send Nicolas Winding Refn into a daze of boyish delight. The nightclubs, the beaches, the sunsets, the hotel rooms, the highways, the oceans; all of these locations are captured in a dream-like quality that leaves you breathless both at the audacity and the pure craziness on display. And Korine loves to spice it up a little, adding slow-mo and handheld shots to enhance and enunciate the pure modern wasteland being shown.

And what a wasteland it is. Sickening, yet alluring. Disturbing, yet fascinating. Harmony Korine loves to show both sides of this lifestyle, and while its clear which side he prefers (as we should as well), the film still needs conjures up moments of pure exhilaration. It makes you say, "I wish I was thereeeee!" And then, the film envelopes you in its violence, its demeaning sex and abuse, and its lack of humanity that completely blindsides you and leaves you breathless.

The performances are all perfect, with Selena Gomez and James Franco being standouts. An early scene with the two showcases genuine tension and fear, foreshadowing the slow fade into blackness that the film becomes. James has so many scene-stealing moments that its hard to count, especially his monologue where he shows off his shiiitttttt to some of the girls. Spring Breakers is anchored by his performance, and its freaking brilliant.

The soundtrack is integral to completing the experience of Spring Breakers, and it works from scene one. Skrillex, your music will only be thought of as sarcastic by me from now on. And Lights, by Ellie Goulding, is a pitch-perfect final note for such a trashy and ludicrous boat-ride of a movie.

As for some negative aspects, the film starts out a little slow, but that's a genius way of portraying the boredom of our leads. You kinda start to understand why they want to get away. Also, the ending is brilliant, but it's one that will confuse and infuriate some. I loved how it was the concluding statement for Korine's neonish hip-hoping trip down the rabbit hole.

I can't wait to go down this rabbit hole again.

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