“Beauty isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
Synopsis: When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.
After seeing this movie, you will never look at your model friends the same. Nor will you look at beauty the same.
This movie is definitely different from your average horror film. Though listed as a drama/horror/thriller, I feel the film falls more into a Psychological thriller/horror category. It has plenty of gore and suspense, but the cinematography and story-line gave it a whole new twist. Though a little too conceptual at times, the movie did have some high points. Director Nicolas Winding Refn went above and beyond his already captivating shooting style and created visually stunning scenes.
The film contains several twists and turns for all the characters. I found myself asking “What the f*** just happened?!?!” numerous times. I’ll be honest, at times it felt like I was watching an acid trip filled with blood and glitter. I often questioned if the scene I was watching was actually happening or if we were seeing a hallucination from one of the characters. I was just completely lost as to what was going on at certain points.
Neon Demon was written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn with Screenplay by Mary Laws and Polly Stenham. The film stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Though the latter two unfortunately had very briefs scenes. I will say that I will never look at Keanu the same way.
I would not recommend taking a girl on a first date to this movie, or children, but if you were a fan of Drive, then it is definitely worth seeing.
Overall rating: Three stars