Spring Breakers, the outrageous new vehicle from Harmony Korine (a guy in case you’re wondering — no really, it’s a guy; consult Google for more details), is a life-affirming, reflective, touching moving picture…
1. …And by touching, I mean all-hands-on-deck groping, tongues licking, breasts jiggling — or in other words, soft porn.
2. James Franco is flabbergastingly good. Seriously, this is the best acting he’s ever done. He’s a revelation, clearly revelling in every second of his character’s hedonistic, insane, hyper-criminal activity. He’s a man who’s worked hard (or is it hardly worked?) for his possessions, and he’s hell bent on illuminating the St. Petersburg night sky with all his shit. Earn hard, show hard playboy. What’s the point of having all that shit if you can’t demand that your guests look at it? Logic.
3. The film has a hypnotic, dream-like air about it, heightened by Korine’s oddly transfixing decision to repeat several lines of dialogue back-to-back, underlining the nihilistic, memory-starved, drug-fuelled lifestyle it shines a light on. The cinematography and welding of certain frames together in a fluid, hazy manner is also extremely evocative, and at times, punishingly provocative.
4. The spectre of Britney Spears’ legacy, culturally and musically, looms large over the film, culminating in the best use of a Britney Spears ballad in the history of history.
5. I feel like I need an STI test after seeing this movie.
6. I’d forgotten how cool grills are. Since watching Spring Breakers, I’ve tricked out my upper teeth with platinum, and have an appointment next week to ice out my bottom ones with uncut rubies (my birthstone — holla Leo’s in the house!). I want to floss like Franco but I don’t want to physically floss anymore. I don’t have to with grills right?
7. Skrillex and Cliff Martinez’s score suits the film perfectly. In particular, the opening scene marries sound and picture with anarchic aplomb.
8. There is absolutely and unequivocally no depth to any of the four lead female characters; by contrast, James Franco’s Alien is as layered and nuanced as Hamlet. Misogyny? Maybe. That or Franco’s just that good.
9. Spring Breakers shows us the best threesome between a human being and two inanimate objects ever, and no I’m not talking about Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson.
10. I’m extremely glad I never went to spring break…
Yet I can’t fathom an existence in which I didn’t experience Spring Breakers. Sprrang Brakke forever y’all.