SPRING BREAK IS FINALLY HERE. What better way to celebrate this fine week of rest and relaxation than to offer up one of the greatest cinematic experiences of the past 5 years: Spring Breakers. And yes, I’m being 100% serious. Let me convince you.
Director, Harmony Korine
Harmony Korine is arguably one of the most controversial filmmakers of this decade. Most of his work is too small-scale and experimental for the casual moviegoer to recognize. He took his first big step into the mainstream with Spring Breakers in 2013. Before this he was most famous for writing the highly-controversial Kids, a 1995 film about teens in the height of the HIV era. Korine’s style is in-your-face, edgy, and borders the absurd; but he does it well.
James Franco’s performance as “Alien”
In my opinion, James Franco is a good actor. What turns him into a great actor is his willingness to dive into roles such as this. Franco transforms himself into the smooth-talking, gangsta-wannabe-but-also-kind-of-a-real-gangsta Alien. He does such an incredible job in this role, and plays it so convincingly. I’m talking Oscar-worthy. Seriously.
The cinematography in Spring Breakers is great. The shot above is an example of some of the visual treats you are provided with throughout the film. The visual approach that this movie takes is oftentimes bright neon and powerful, but this is balanced out with well-composed and beautifully simple shots.
Contrary to popular belief, the movie is not just about how much skin your favorite former Disney star can show. Underneath all the candy-coating is a much deeper message: a critique about our own generation. This goes back to Korine’s directorial style. To put it in other words, this movie is not just another Project X teen party movie. If that’s all you get out of the movie, then you’ve missed the point entirely. Ever notice or wonder why wealthy kids are obsessed with gangsta rap, a genre of music based on growing up in poverty? Yeah, so has Harmony Korine. And he’s dishing out some serious social commentary here.
So, hopefully I’ve given you enough reasons to give Spring Breakers a second thought. I feel as if many people are immediately turned off by this movie’s outward appearance, and even upon watching it can’t seem to allow themselves to dive into that deeper meaning. Either way the movie is definitely worth a watch, hate it or love it.
SPRAAANG BREAK FOREVAAAA,