Reviews: Spring Breakers
A kaleidoscopic wonderland
Spring Breakers is a cleverly disguised satirical art house film, which is one of the best spiritual embodiments of modern-day American youth culture in recent cinematic history. Spring Breakers focuses on four bored college girls that are trying to escape the normality of their everyday lives. Who decisively rob a chicken shack in order to finance their vacation to the Floridian sunshine soaked beaches where a vast amount of drugs and alcohol are consumed. Eventually they have a fortuitous encounter with a local drug dealer/rapper Alien who prompts the girls into a more precarious fantasy world. First of all with the cinematography Benoît Debie creates a comprehensive swirling kaleidoscope like palette full of deeply neon saturated blues, greens, reds, teals, and purples that assault the eyes with vigor and extremely well modulated tones. Debie also, exploits a various technique of an overly grainy look in some of the nighttime scenes to help illustrate the grittier world into which the girls are entering. Initially, one of the main themes this movie displays is how delusional the girls are from reality. A scene that accurately showcases, this is the robbery scene that’s intersected with Alien (Franco) playing Brittany Spears “Everytime” on the piano as the girls hold their assault rifles similar to stripper poles. More importantly, exhibiting this not only hypersexualizes but also embellishes their perception of violence and how far they really are from true reality. I applaud Director Harmony Korine for ambitiously making a clear cultural statement with his casting. Being that, the girls (particularly Gomez, Hudgens and Benson) help the audience identify them as personalities that unmistakably differ to the roles they played in the film. Additionally Korine’s camerawork in Spring Breakers is a thing of beauty as well. Probably my favorite shot in this film is the first robbery scene that takes place at the chicken shack. I love how the tracking shot is framed from the actual inside of the car as it follows and circles around two of our central characters robbing everyone inside the building while playing Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 life” ironically in the background. Sarcastically this only amplifies the exuberating feeling of the film as it, progresses through its second and third acts. To put it briefly, Spring Breakers is an unsettling critique of how pop culture has corrupted and distorted the American youth’s vision of the American dream.
The film spends probably 75% of its running time replaying sound bites of dialogue whilst showing clips of events from Spring Break. There's about 20 minutes of decent story which is then repeated ad nauseam for the remain 70 minutes. This troper can only assume that James Franco lost a bet to appear in this, although having Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens rubbing their naked bodies on him is probably also another contributing factor to his decision. Save your money and time see the Evil Dead remake instead.
My brother was curious about seeing this movie, and I finally agreed to watch this movie with him and my uncle. After seeing the movie, the first reaction was: "Oh god, why have we watched this?" While the idea was kind of good to use, there's 3 problems, 2 of them are the main problem of the movie: 1)Every Character is forgettable (and I don't remember their names), which isn't helped by the fact the perfomances are bad. 2)The possible tension between a springbreak going wrong is replaced by 2 girls doing gang things (and they're absolutely fine by that) 3)Nothing Happens! If my review doesn't tell you anything about the movie, it's because the movie itself doesn't tell us anything except that they're girls doing a spring break and they're forced to do gang stuff. So I beg you to stay away from this movie!