DVD Review: The Neon Demon
Beauty is everything.
Jesse (Elle Fanning) is sixteen years old and has just moved to Los Angeles to become a model. She's befriended by a make up artist, Ruby (Jena Malone) immediately but finds that other models, particularly Sarah (Abbey Lee) and Gigi (Bella Heathcote) are jealous of her natural beauty. Then thing get weird.
I have a strange relationship when it comes to director Nicholas Winding Refn. Drive is an excellent movie and because of that I was immediately sold on his last feature, Only God Forgives which ended up being a pretentious mess. So where does The Neon Demon fall? In between, definitely. Neck and neck with Bronson.
The film is gorgeous to look at, which Refn's films always are. He has a great use of color in his movies that always fits the narrative. He makes a few missteps with the length of some of his shots. Beautiful as they are, I found myself wanting to fast forward through a few. 15 minutes could've easily been shaved off the film just be shortening a few takes. But the story makes it worth while.
Jena Malone is the stand out acting wise, as usual. Her character, who ends up doing some of the most fucked up things in the film could not be easy to play. Elle was great as the naive new girl in town, but as her character grew more cocky, I felt it didn't suit Elle very well. Abbey Lee is also good as a ferocious model. I loved her scenes.
If you're in for some glittery, neon fucked upness, this film is for you.
Memorable Quote: "Is that a compliment?" - Jesse (Elle Fanning)