The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon ★★★★½

Beauty is not everything, yet it is the only thing that matters, how the film portrays its subjects is the only thing that matters, Refn made me see movies as nothing more than moving images, hyper-stylized, hypnotic, soothing, a phantasmagoria of strobe lights, uniform colors, red to blue to red to blue, the purple sky dropping glitter as if the entire world is artificial -- a perfume commercial, dark lipstick suppressing the face's glow, Elle Fanning enclosed in a triangle stare as deadly as a mountain cat's, honestly, what plot? We don't walk into a fashion show asking for plot, just sit back and --

-- watch.

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