Plot: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
This is a really hard film to review, for one I was constantly changing how I felt about it as time passed through the plot, and two, everyone was split on this film. Was it a great modern crime film? Was it completely inane and idiotic? Well, actually it was neither; it was not a great movie or an idiotic movie, but a very good slightly smartly written one at that.
I have mixed feelings also about Harmony Korine. He wrote one of the absolute darkest, best movies ever “Kids”, but also wrote/directed one of the worst pieces of unwatchable trash movies ever “Gummo” (in my opinion). So I was skeptical to see this. The plot starts out really straightforward and generic, but then takes a downward spiral towards a well-written crime story. The social commentary of the film was quite well-developed. While not the best screenplay for something of this caliber, it is better than most gave credit for. The dialogue at times felt forced, but was still watchable because of the way Korine spun the plot.
The direction, also by Korine, was one of the best things about this film; the candy colored visual style was bright and very exciting to watch. Although, most of the sex scenes/scenes of nudity felt unnecessary, the way the director just literally threw them at our face was quite interesting.
The acting was fairly decent, however the performances from the four female leads (Gomez, Hudgens, Benson, and Korine) tended to be a bit dull throughout. James Franco’s performance as Alien, a rapper/drug and arms dealer practically saved this movie from being a candy-colored, bright, sex-filled mess.
In conclusion, while Spring Breakers is not a masterpiece, it is certainly a much better film than most people gave credit for in my opinion. The plot was interesting and got more well-developed as time went by, the candy-colored style was enough to make anyone’s mouth absolutely water at how bright everything was, and not to mention James Franco’s wonderful, albeit campy performance as a rapper turned drug dealer made the film even more watchable than it already was. While not an absolute must see, I encourage people to at least give it a try.
MY RATING: 7.5/10.
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