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Vinny Thornburg’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Spring Breakers has really been something that went beyond expectations, especially those of the general public who went in expecting girls, guns, and ganja. Instead, it's actually a film that could be interpreted in different ways. And I can't really decide which one I prefer.
One is that it's "just like a video game!" as one of the girls says early on. The invitation of hedonism tells them that anything can happen without consequence. This becomes clear with the robbery of a local chicken shack, all done quickly and in one take (Damn that was so well done!)
Then they burn the car. Suddenly, you wonder just how far this "game" world is gonna go. The meaning of the girls living in a rap video world could be pushed into this meaning as well. They move on to St. Petersburg, where it becomes a different universe. One of the girls wants to be frozen there. Her life seemingly has built up to this moment.
But when they get arrested, that same girl has her fantasy crushed, and she wants to leave. Her game is over. The others stay. As things go deeper and deeper, they find another group, a group of gangsters led by James Franco (Who...yeah is really fucking good) and how they were also a part of this video game lifestyle. They've passed the point of no return. They keep the atmosphere of never ending partying by the "spring breaaaaaak!" mantra throughout.
Alien (Franco) thinks he's Scarface, and has Tony Montana plastered in his room, along with guns and knives on the wall. He truly believes that this is the true life, and isn't going to change. The girls are in LOVE with this ideal, and can't see how dangerous it's going to get. Or they do, but just feel invincible.
One girl then get's shot, and goes home. The music video is briefly over. It comes to a head again, after more MTV music is sung by the remaining girls and Alien, and they go to war with the opposing gang. Alien is killed, and the two girls who are still living in a movie go and take down an entire island compound in nothing but bikini's and ski masks. They ride home in a stolen Lamborghini, faces cold. They feel they can take on the world.
Two. This is simply a story of kids going in over their heads. They see flashing lights and colors and want to see it for them selves. They get hurt, but refuse to let it die. The real world is still shiny in their eyes, but not before some life lessons. The excess of today's kids drinking and fucking and partying and just where our generation is heading.
(Interpretation two is bullshit, kids have ALWAYS been like this, it's just more exposed than ever these days with the internet)
Three. No real story, just two sociopathic girls bring their religious school friend to party, she get's scared and leaves, then their other friend who thinks she's more of a partier, and maybe tries a bit too hard to show it, leaves as well. Now you're left with two best friends, with no real remorse or morals, go and become just what they always were going to be.
No matter which way I could see it, I should say that as good as James Franco was, I was most surprised by Vanessa Hudgens. You honestly believe that she could kill anyone at anytime. It's a little scary. Just a little.