Movie Review: The Neon Demon (2016)


I usually tend to have some clever intro for my reviews… but this time I got jack shit. So let’s jsut get into it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Neon Demon”.

Jesse (Elle Fanning) is a young woman who wants to be a model. So she moves to Los Angeles to try to achieve this dream. When she’s there she immediately gets noticed and some other models get really jealous of her. And with that said, this movie is fucking weird. I mean, I honestly don’t know what to say. I have nothing against a trippy and unconventional narrative, because that type of stuff can be awesome. It’s just that I never felt like most of the trippy shit had any real purpose other than to be trippy and kind of disturbing. I mean, the plot throughout the movie was tense and I was interested in it, but I don’t think the narrative overall was that well developed. It’s honestly really difficult to form a conclusive opinion on it since it was so weird.

The characters in this movie were okay, I wasn’t that interested in all of them. Elle Fanning was really good in her role, not much else to say there. Jena Malone was great in her role, she definitely gave the most memorable performance in the movie, especially since she has some… interesting scenes. We also got Keanu Reeves in the movie and he was actually really good. The rest of the cast all gave really good performances as well.

The music was composed by Cliff Martinez and holy shit, it was amazing! The score here is very electronic in it’s sound, but that really does work in it’s favor. It is creepy, tense, and simply euphoric. It perfectly fits the style of the movie and helps elevate most scenes.

This movie was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and god damn it, this movie is visually astonishing. The use of light, darkness, and colors… I absolutely love it. So I really do have to give major cred to the cinematographer (Natasha Braier). Really, shot after shot this movie was pure eye candy. But that also tends to be the thing with movies by Refn, they all seem to have amazing visuals. And I have to remind y’all that among these awesome visuals are some weird and outright fucked up things. So if you are squeamish then you will probably get a fucking heart attack.

This movie has not been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 56% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 51/100. And on it has a score of 6,3/10.

“The Neon Demon” is a very interesting movie. It has a somewhat interesting plot, okay characters, really good performances, fantastic music, great directing, and absolutely amazing cinematography. However, I will have to admit that I felt that the plot was slightly underdeveloped, so I’m knocking off a bit for that. Time for my final score. *Pose!*. My final score for “The Neon Demon” is an 8,81/10. While far from perfect, I still think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “The Neon Demon” is now completed.

I don’t understand fashion.

One thought on “Movie Review: The Neon Demon (2016)

  1. This has to be one of the hardest films I’ve had to review. I was totally traumatised by the experience. Reading your review and about Jena Malone and her “interesting scenes” one of the worst things I’ve watched . . . Well at least I thought that until the even more messed up ending! I really hated this film and just didn’t really get the point in just trying to shock people, your right about the characters none of them at all likeable, which therefore means we are never really going to care.

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