Monday, July 15, 2013

Now at Netflix: Spring Breakers (2013)

Spring Breakers (2013) - Written and Directed by Harmony Korine; Starring Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine.

By Kenny Howell

Harmony Korine's movies fall into two categories usually, horrible trainwreck or spectacular trainwreck.

Spring Breakers, who may have received the most "WORST MOVIE EVVEEEERRRR" comments from people that thought they were going to see a completely different type of movie, is more on the spectacular side.

There is something about this kind of white trash noir that fills me with glee. Like last year's Killer Joe, which was more of a hard noir film, but still that complete trash in horrible situations and making everything worse.

Spring Breakers follows four friends as they head down to Florida for spring break. They don't have enough money so three of the girls rob a restaurant to help fund the trip. When they get there, like most college kids, they go for broke and party like there is no tomorrow. However, they are busted a giant party and sent to jail, where a local rapper/wannabe gangster named Alien (Franco) bails them out. The association with Alien starts to spiral things downward and sends the movie to its crazy conclusion.

The star of the movie is Franco's Alien. His scene where he is showing Benson and Hudgens all the stuff he has in his room is just pure joy, especially since he leads that he has shorts of every color and Scarface on DVD on repeat. Franco goes to the extremes the movie deserves, and he should, but won't, get an Oscar nomination.

My only problems with the movie are the girls themselves, and some sequences in the movie. First, on the girls, they really are not that clearly defined as individuals, besides maybe Gomez's Faith, who is the most innocent one. The other three, particularly Benson's Brit and Hudgens' Candy are pretty much all raging id. I kind of like that about them, but I also wish that they were a little more distinct.

On the sequences in the movie I had trouble with, it was minor. Much of the movie especially early on, was shot like a music video. It works because it establishes the mood of spring break in Florida, but it can go on too long at times.

Those problems, though they seem like they could be big, are fairly minor. Spring Breakers is more about the experience, and just settling into Korine's insanity. It's not for everyone, but for those it is, it's definitely worth the time.

You can watch the full movie online with an Amazon Prime membership.

Rating: ***1/2

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