The Neon Demon, 2016
Signed up the 29/03/2017
The Neon Demon is a psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and stars Elle Fanning in the lead role with Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Karl Glusman and Keanu Reeves in supporting. The film follows an aspiring model whose natural beauty brings her jealousy and fascination in the industry with dire consequences.
I will keep this review short and simple and say that Nicolas made an art fashion film that explored teenage sexuality, vanity, jealousy and the price of beauty. He takes us into this visually stunning world of fashion and we’re the deer caught in the headlights along with Elle’s character who is trying to navigate her new world and we’re trying to figure out what this movie is really about.
From the monotone monologues (some were really unnecessary) to the unsettling images, The Neon Demon really ends up being a horror film that doesn’t really want to be a horror but more of a fashion film but because we have an out of the box thinking filmmaker here, themes are added to try and add substance but it barely makes it.
The saving grace of the film is the stunning cinematography and some of the themes that it tackles like what certain people would do to remain at the top and remain beautiful (some of them eat people and swallow knives). Elle is really a gem in this film, if she plays her cards right she could dethrone Kirsten Dunst as the high profile Queen of Indie cinema.
I appreciate the film even with its flaws because it’s unconditional and teaches us that sometimes people just make movies and they don’t really have to make sense or be liked (yes I’m talking to you Lars Von Trier and David Cronenberg) lol p.s we love Lars and David masters of their field.
Ahhh the glorious dangers of beauty.
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