Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers ★★★★½

Four teenage girls fulfil their dayglo nightmare version of the American Dream.

Images and voiceover replay and recombine like snatches of memory or home video. The soundtrack perfectly complements this - Skrillex for the partying, Cliff Martinez' haunting, ethereal music for the more reflective moments (as in Drive, it's perfect for slow motion). The performances are good, especially James Franco. He's almost unrecognisable, not from any great physical transformation but because he's so deeply in character. The Disney actresses (Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens) and Korine's wife begin as entirely interchangeable but this just makes their eventual growth more interesting and impressive. I love the colour system (Dario Agento aside perhaps, it's a look unique to digital cinematography) - even at school, the computer screens spill a whole series of primary colours across the room.

While there are plenty of satirical elements, I'd argue that if you're laughing all the way through you've probably approached it the wrong way; it's not an ironic comedy, you're not supposed to be smugly ahead of the characters, you do come to see them as real people with real needs and desires. And that, to me, was the most surprising and valuable part of the film.

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