Spring Breakers Review
Guns, girls and grills as Gomez and co grow up…
Spring Breakers follows four bored college students on their quest for a break from reality. The girls indulge in a relentless few days of sun, sex and Skrillex, before being arrested after robbing a restaurant to fund their trip.
Enter Alien, played by an almost unrecognisable James Franco, whose gleaming grill, Hawaiian print shirt and corn-rowed hair shoot him as far away from his recent role as Oz as his AK47 will take him.
Alien bails the girls out of jail in return for some dirty work, and it quickly becomes apparent that we’re not in Disneyland anymore.
The film’s aesthetic is more indie arthouse than Disney powerhouse, and sees Vanessa Hudgens (Candy) boldy step out of her High School Musical shadow, mouth aghast and legs spread for the main chunk of the 94 minutes.
Selena Gomez (Faith), although bikini clad throughout, represents the moral centre in the movie, and her wholesome off-screen persona remains intact.
Director Harmony Korine, writer of cult movie Kids, uses a hyper-saturated neon palette and a Nicki Minaj/Britney Spears soundtrack to the point of exhaustion. There is, sadly, none of the documentary-like realism of the aforementioned film that would make this ‘coming of age’ movie much more effective.
Spring Breakers is overly conscious in its mission to shock. However, it is worth enduring the film for James Franco’s performance, and successfully cements his position as one of Hollywood’s greatest talents.
Venetia Falconer @mtvuknews