38. Spring Breakers (2013)
I wish I hadn’t gotten so behind on reviews, or else I would have told you to run to the theater to see this. It is one of the most original and thought provoking films I’ve seen all year. Spring Breakers managed to make me laugh, and feel incredibly gross at the same time. Franco is great in this film (see, he can act if he believes in a project!), as are Gomez, Hudgens, Benson, and Korine. They’re job isn’t exactly easy either, some managing to play pure sociopaths while the others have to balance pure self delusion with a dash of vainglorious fantasy. The film’s dream like quality also enhances the viewing experience, with a camera that seems to float from scene to scene in an over saturated deborturous paradise, and repeated scenes (both visual cues and audio ones) to drive home the liquid reality of the film.
This is not some crazy T&A heist movie (so many people told me they skipped it because it was advertised that way), instead it’s an art film that’s been let loose in the main stream. However, there’s a message in there for everyone, and also the best montage set to a Britney Spears song I’ve never heard before.
4 out of 5 stuffs