Evil Little Girls.)
Release Date: August 30.
Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, and Polly Stenham.
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn.
Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, and Christina Hendricks.
I really love Nicolas Winding Refn as a filmmaker. Drive is easily one of my favorite movies of the last 10 years; Valhalla Rising is a mesmerizing, haunting piece of work; and Bronson was just flat-out cool. Only God Forgives felt way too overindulgent and pretentious to me, as if Refn bought into his being hailed as a unique, visionary artist way too much. To me, he's a director like Terrence Malick in that he makes the kind of slow, atmospheric movies that he wants to, and he doesn't care if anyone likes them or not. He's got something to say, and he's going to say it exactly how he wants to.
That's both good and bad to me, as his movies are unique, visually stunning, and they most definitely push boundaries. They can also alienate viewers with their oddity, and above all else, the way that he uses sex and violence to get his point across. So, good and bad.
The Neon Demon is his most accessible film since Drive. It's also his most controversial, and depending on your taste in art, maybe even his best.
Nah, that's still Drive.
|SURE SHE'S ONLY 16, BUT IT'S ART.|
|THIS BITCH RIGHT HERE...|
|DON'T ACCEPT THOSE FLOWERS!|
It's basically about fucked up people.
This movie is not going to be for everybody, and if someone said to me "This movie was a piece of shit and I hated it!" I would completely understand. It's sleazy, disturbing, and at times it feels like little more than an excuse for Winding Refn to jerk himself off, both artistically, and literally. There's a subtle beauty to the film though, as Refn and crew don't waste one single shot, and they certainly take their time setting the tone with each scene. Subject matter aside, it's a truly gorgeous film to behold.
|DEFINITELY GOT A SUSPIRIA VIBE FROM THIS ONE AT TIMES.|
We started this movie thinking that it was about Elle Fanning's character. She's sweet and naive, and we just knew that she was in trouble. Then after a while, it felt like it was all about Jena Malone, and her predatory motives and disturbing habits. Then we were pretty sure that it had been about Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee's characters all along. The movie shifts gears, sometimes unexpectedly, and at the very least, that kept things fresh and unpredictable.
The cast all did a great job in this one, as the usually likable young lades who played the leads all managed to make us despise them equally. If there's one standout to us though, it's got to be Jena Malone. Her character arc surprised us, and she managed to skeeve us out in a way that we haven't been in a long time. She really committed to her role, and it shows.
|ALSO, THIS BITCH RIGHT HERE...|
|AND THIS BITCH RIGHT HERE TOO... THEY'RE ALL CRAZY!|
|SCREAM RAPE AND THEN RUN, GIRL!|
|I'VE NEVER SEEN RED SOAP BEFORE. NEAT.|
|THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FIRST DATE MOVIE.|
- "I need to get her out of me!"
- "I'm a ghost."
- "Room 214, it must be seen."
- "She was right. I am dangerous."
|SHE JUST LOOKS EVIL.|
The Neon Demon is available now on VOD, and will hit Blu-ray & DVD on September 27th.
The Neon Demon showcases some gorgeous women, even if they are all up to some pretty horrendous things. They've even got their own Horror Hottie post which you can check out right over HERE.