№ 121: "The Neon Demon"
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenplay: Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn, Polly Stenham
This movie is fucked.
I didn't know what to expect going in, as I've avoided spoilers since it's release. Only seeing one film by Nicolas Winding Refn, 'Bronson,' I was barely familiar w/ his style/directorial capabilities. I've had a few of his films on my list for a while now; 'Drive,' 'Only God Forgives' & 'Fear X,' to be specific. After seeing this film, I'm excited to give them a view.
First, let me say that I thought the cinematography, sound design, musical score for this movie were fantastic. Not enough can be said for the visuals that Nicolas Winding Refn & cinematographer Natasha Braier have brought to the screen. Between the makeup, lighting & wardrobe, each frame is filled w/ so much color & vivid imagery. I like the visual contrast between the bright & colorful world of fashion & the drab motel in which our lead stays. This, I feel, helps visually reaffirm the sense of vanity carried throughout the film by the characters & the field in which they work
Secondly, hats off to the actors in the film, especially Jena Malone & Elle Fanning. The former you may recognize from her role as Gretchen in 'Donny Darko.' The latter I first knew from the English Dub of 'Totoro' as the voice of Mei. She also stars in the recent Disney film 'Maleficent.' Everyone has done a fantastic job in their respective roles. I wasn't expecting Keanu's character to act as he does in the film. *Shivers*
I don't want to spoil much about the plot of the film except to say that is was slow for a majority & not much actually happened. That is, until the third act of the film after tense scene in the aforementioned shady motel, & the films turns it to 11.
I'd really like to discuss this film w/ someone, so I recommend giving it a view for that reason alone. If anything, it's a worth a watch for the cinematographic eye candy.
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