Spring Breakers

SpringBreakersI just want to make a few things clear from the beginning:

1. Forget what you’re expecting before watching this movie;

2. This movie is not for everyone;

3. You will probably not like this movie;

4. I love this movie.

Now that being said, Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, is weird. There is really no other way to describe it. If you have seen some of his other films, such as Kids, Gummo, or Mister Lonely, then you will know what to expect going into it. If you don’t, I’ll give you an example of how weird this guy is. Korine has a film called Trash Humpers that is basically and hour and a half of people dressed up as old people, humping trash. Yeah. . . so. . . .

Spring Breakers pushes spring break to the extreme, and tells the story of four girls who rob their way to spring break, where they drink, smoke, and have sex until they are eventually arrested. When all hope is lost, a local drug dealer named Alien, played by James Franco, bails them out. This is where the movie gets interesting. And insane. A rivalry sparks between another local drug dealer, played by none other than Gucci Mane, and things get even crazier.

Although I’ve spent an entire paragraph explaining why you won’t like this movie, I just want you to be prepared going into it. Most people seeing the trailer expect Spring Breakers to be a straight-forward tale of drugs and guns, with a few Disney stars. That isn’t necessarily not true; it’s just so much more than that. All four girls are incredible and convincing in the film and all give surprisingly great performances. All the hype was on Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) who, while she doesn’t steal the movie like expected, was very real. The other girls are Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Rachel Korine (Korine’s really young wife), and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), who I think was the best out of them all. The movie will draw a lot of people in basically for the fact that people want to see these “Disney stars being bad”, which they will find, but will also be disturbed at the same time.

The film is so visually appealing to look at. The use of bright pink, green, and yellow colours really clash together well and give the film, although it sounds cheesy, the look of candy. This all contrasts really well with the scenes and themes of extreme violence and heavy drug use.

The plot of the film does seem pretty basic on paper, but on screen it’s told like a Tarantino movie on cocaine. The film will show 30 seconds of a scene that we won’t see again until the very ending. Or it’ll show a scene from the beginning, in the middle of the film and then show it four more times throughout the rest of the film. If you really want to impress your friends, the term is called a “liquid narrative”. This style of storytelling, mixed with the repetition of dialogue and incredible soundtrack, make the film seem like a long, really cool song. With the scene repetition being the chorus, etc.

Speaking of Gucci Mane, he is extremely intimidating in the film. Watching it, I felt as thought that’s what he’s actually like in real life. And it helped that his real “crew” was in the film as well. And, what’s even cooler is that during a sex scene in the film, he actually fell asleep while filming it because he had smoked too much weed during the day.

The best part about this film, other than James Franco singing ‘Every Time’ by Britney Spears, is James Franco. His character, Alien, is so abnormal and interesting, and he plays it so well that you will forget that is James Franco. He proves, with this role, that he can be so diverse and that is one of the best actors around.

Even if you don’t enjoy it on the first watch, Spring Breakers is definitely a film to watch multiple times. I’m not sure if I just love it because I love Harmony Korine, but I’ve seen it three times and intend on seeing it more. It will leave you confused and probably a little disturbed, but it’s worth it to see James Franco in dreadlocks, Selena Gomez passionately cry, an improvised diner robbing scene, James Franco singing a Britney Spears song, one of the coolest slow-motion robbing scenes I’ve ever seen that I don’t want to give away because it’s so cool, and a threesome in a pool between James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson.

Closing thoughts: your mother will definitely hate this film, but hopefully you don’t. Forget what you’re expecting and keep an open mind. See this film as soon as you can.

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