Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers ★★★★★

The hazy melancholy and the kaleidoscopic trashiness of Spring Breakers continues to widen and deepen as the years go on. It's a work of a genuine artist who succeeds in both provoking and stimulating the senses. Harmony Korine's masterpiece doesn't judge or pander; Rather, Korine presents the experience as alluring and weirdly entrancing as possible, but never shying away from the catastrophic devastation on display. Benoit Debie's cinematography captures every neon light and every splash of spilled liquor with a sense of sensory overload and evocative vividness. Along with the soundtrack by Cliff Martinez and Skrillex, the film is nothing short of an visual/aural masterwork, coming at you from every angle with bold colors and exemplary images combining to form a resplendent dreamy nightmare.

I certainly don't think there's a massive amount of subtext beneath the surface here, obviously beyond the character dynamics and the general descent of their respective arcs. However, the style IS the substance, capturing the audience in a place that is both lush and damning, seductive and off-putting. I don't see it as a satire, I see it as a presentation of today's youth. Korine isn't making fun of these girls, he's following their journey. Observing, watching, but never frowning on them. It's a fever-dream that, in spite of its revealing horrors, is endlessly re-watchable and addictive.

And can we get a moment of silence for Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine please? SPRIIIIING BREAAAAK FOREVERRRRR.....

Edit: Apparently this is my 420th review. I didn't plan that I swear.

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