Spring Breakers
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Film title
Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine
James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine
Release date
5 Apr

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Spring Breakers is released nationwide 5 April by Vertigo films


Spring Breakers

4/5 stars
Film review by Jamie Dunn.
Published 01 April 2013

This candy-coloured delirium opens with a wet and wild montage of well endowed young women gyrating in slow motion as Neanderthal jocks cascade cheap lager over their naked breasts. Knowing this information you may struggle with the next statement, but I’m deadly serious: Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is the smartest, most daring and aesthetically gorgeous deconstruction of narrative cinema you’ll see all year. The plot has more U-turns than a George Osborne budget. Just when it looks like you’re in a Larry Clark-like teenage wasteland you’ll suddenly find yourself in Deliverance country. But wait – now we’re in a Tony Scott movie. Often these story-180 degrees happen within a single scene; you’ve got to keep your wits about you or the film will give you whiplash.

Spring Breakers reaches an ecstatic and comedic crescendo with James Franco, as Alien, a gold-toothed gangsta rapper, sitting by a swimming pool playing a white baby grand piano and crooning a Britney Spears ballad to three blond airheads, played by former Disney child stars. The WTF factor is compounded by the fact the girls are wearing pink, unicorn embroidered balaclavas and brandishing semi-automatic submachine guns. If Michael Mann was to take a lot of hallucinogenics and shoot a Girls Gone Wild video, it might look something like this. [Jamie Dunn]

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  • I felt the movie could have been so much more than it was. The vivd and somewhat shocking characters were set up in a way that begs for conflict between the four girls. One of my Elish Literature Teachers once said, "No conflict, no story". There is no conflict between the four girls, when they have differeing views of gangster life etc.

    Two of the girls Candy (Vannesa Hudgins) and Brit (Ashley Benson) were on the same page in thought and action. It was as if Harmony Korrine wrote one part and then divided among two actresses.

    Faith on the other hand was totally and morally different...and timid. Faith may have had moral convictions based on her religeous group connection, but siuddenly lost them until they came into contact with a gangster - alien played by Franco. Then she found and revived her morality and she objected this time to the gangster lifestyle Alien was leading them into. But she was too timid to say don't go down this path to her life long freinds.

    It is a dark movie that could have been so much more. It is a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, because of the vivid and shocking character that should be in a better story - The better story is a sequel that I could easily write.

    Posted by JakeMcClake | Thursday 07 November 2013 @ 15:45

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