The Neon Demon (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Neon Demon is seductively stylish, but Nicolas Winding Refn's assured eye can't quite compensate for an underdeveloped plot and thinly written characters.
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It is as sordid as it is entertainingly preposterous, as the director makes a misguided attempt at mansplaining the fashion world of Los Angeles.
A wonderfully stylish and stylised movie, an exercise in narcissism and grotesquerie in which director Nicolas Winding Refn takes a morbid pleasure in showing young and glamorous people behaving in a very ugly and self-obsessed fashion.
The movie is either a sick dark joke or a multicoloured hoot, depending on your opinion. The only certainty: when in doubt Refn will have a character vomit up an eyeball.
Pretentious and self-indulgent, it seems tailor-made to appeal to lovers of the obtuse and inscrutable until it takes a left-turn into schlocky, gore-drenched splatter imagery.
Archly silly, quotable, visually hypnotic and perfectly suited for repeat viewings. On first watch, the film is bizarre, hallucinatory, shockingly gruesome. A second watch unlocks the dumb-clever charms of Refn's script
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Refn's look at the LA model business plays it rather straight by his standards for quite a while. But this wouldn't be one of his films if it didn't end with weirdness and violence. While Refn plays with expectations, model stereotypes and voyeurism, it's up to the audience to decide what they take away from this. Here, obsession, jealousy and rejection lead to necrophilia and murder. That looks as stylish as you'd expect and is supported by a fitting electro soundtrack. And of course you're sent on your way with a really uneasy feeling in your guts as the end credits roll.
Stunning, hypnotic and intoxicating, The Neon Demon is, however, a mess without structure, devoid of meaning and with no idea how to end. Full review on filmotrope. com
Visually striking movie I am not sure I fully understood, but enjoyed watching.
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