I remember watching this film in Los Angeles when it debuted with my oldest. She hated and I loved it. She is certifiable and I’m sane. So you don’t have to question whose’s opinion was correct. This movie is probably my favorite Nicolas Winding Refn to date. And that is saying a great deal when you considered he directed Bronson, the Pusher Trilogy, Drive, and Only God Forgives. What an amazing body of work for art. To say I’m a fan would be an insult. Neon Demon is arguably his strongest work to date. Layers, upon layers of clever dialogue, incredible direction, and social commentary about the consumption of beauty leaves me in awe.
It is difficult to put in words what this film is actually about. Because the belief of what is beautiful, the value of beauty, and the consumption of it in our society is so subjective. It is kind of like trying to quantifying if the justice born of vengeance in Park Chan Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy actually exist. So instead of trying to discern the merits of each question while watching the film. It seems like a better use of time is to watch the film. Appreciate it and marvel at the attempt to speak to these themes on the big screen.
The film is the classic story of a young pretty white girl arrives in LA with a dream of cashing in on her most valuable asset, her beauty. What happens next is a Grimm Brothers’ modern fairytale run wild. The big baddies are evil personified. They are as vicious as antagonists can be. Kudos to the actors that made memorable villains.
Lastly, I have to say one thing. I never heard of Elle Fanning before this film. Her freshness added to the depth of embracing this story as her own. I thought that she created a character whether or not it was by accident or not believable in every way. And Jena Malone rocked along with Keanu Reeves. Is it possible for him not to bring his “A-game” to any role?
Enjoy this great work of art. You may be disappointed or you may be blown away. I was. 🙂
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