This was one of the hardest-to-watch films I’ve ever seen, but it truly is a must see. The story horrifying, brutal, and so important. No more than ever it is important to remember the difference between consent and coercion, and that our role as people should be to rally around victims as they come to terms with atrocities inflicted against them in their own time and way- not to write off damage based on things having taken place “in a different time”.
Swinging from bizarre to unsettling to truly frightening, The Neon Demon tackles all of the ugliest parts of the female psyche and form, while subsequently mocking the beauty it's characters glorify. Prepare to laugh, shudder, and be nearly ill- this masterpiece makes it abundantly clear that Nicholas Windinf Refn cares not for his audience's delicate sensibilities.
I saw this film a week ago and it has taken me that long to fully process my thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, without spoiling anything, the most concise review I can give is that it is an incredible, shocking, daring film about too many things to count. It packs emotional punches unprecedented in our recent move toward safe cinema. By far the best film I've seen in a very long time, and wonderfully feminist.
For my full thoughts on the last bit you can find my writing on it at dearfilm.net/the-horror-of-womanhood-mother-is-a-feminist-battlecry/