Spring Breakers, despite all appearances, is mostly a fantasy film that remarks on the post pubescent generation and other serious topics like partying it up. But it’s hard to cling onto anything noteworthy from this film. It’s just there. It has a lot to say, and in some portions tells it brilliantly, but for the most part it doesn’t work.
- Director: Harmony Korine
- Writer: Harmony Korine
- Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine
- Cinematography: Benoît Debie
- Original Music By: Cliff Martinez, Skrillex
Four college girls are tired of their lives in their quiet little town. All they want is the chance to head to Florida for spring break in order to spice up their lives if even just for a little bit. When two of the girls rob a local diner, they’re off on the first bus over to the spring break capital of the East Coast. Shortly after their arrival it’s nothing but parties until they get arrested by the cops. When a rapper and drug dealer by the name of Alien (Franco) bails them out, their spring break turns into something much worse.
- Franco: Strangely enough, James Franco is the best thing to come out of Spring Breakers, though in no way is his performance Earth-shattering. He comes off as the comic relief of sorts for this trip down the neon-covered rabbit hole and it works. Before his arrival into the narrative the movie is so overly full of itself and its themes that it needed a character like Alien to lighten up the mood and make the movie a bit more enjoyable.
- The Score: Not everybody is a fan of the latest musical fad dubstep, but Cliff Martinez and Skrillex both know the style well and utilize their amazing music skills properly for the Spring Breakers score. What they deliver is a great contemporary soundtrack that conveys the feelings of these young ladies and what kind of hell they’re going through. The composers successfully integrate the emotions of a scene through their synthetic beats.
- Our Characters: The movie may extract a small amount of sympathy for the trouble these four girls are going through, but that’s it. These four girls are barely characters in themselves — so thinly written that it’s no wonder Franco’s character takes the spotlight without effort when he comes in. While the actresses make a valiant effort in order to make their characters seem more tangible, there isn’t much material to use.
- Korine’s Vision: There’s a lot to say about the youth of today, how little similarities there are to them compared to previous generations. While Harmony Korine has a knack for getting the general mindset of a generation down , that’s it. It’s made evident within the first fifteen minutes of the film that we’re learning to understand the mentality of twenty-something-year old girls who wish their lives were better, more adventurous. The part of the movie that is the most bothersome is how much the story kind of wanders off then forgets where it’s going when you have to deal with a major plot point. It drives it back down to its general story, shrugs and continues on the path to nowhere. Is Korine a good director? Yes. Is he a solid writer? That’s debatable, considering where the movie ends up.
- Spring Break. Spring Break Forever: Yes, we understand that. We get it. We know you’re trying to beat us down to the ground with the themes of renewal and the youth of today. Never do you forget exactly what is going on due to the constant dialogue repetition and small flashbacks that are slathered throughout the picture. In some ways it’s clever, pinning down how the youth of today has a short attention span therefore the cuts and redundancy of it all make sense. But it’s also done to such a heavy degree that the significance of it all loses its luster. After a while you forget about it and it just becomes nothing but white noise.
Spring Breakers is a good observation on the corrupted youngsters of today but is easily forgettable once the credits roll.
Spring Breakers is out in limited theaters March 15, and goes wider on March 22nd.